HERO POSTER joint

NAPA Anlaby Road
1ST July 7Pm ,2nd July 2 PM
Tickets £8 Ring 310690
www.northernacademy.org.uk

Kardomah 94 Alfred Gelder Street
19th. 20th. 21st. uly 7.30 PM
Tickets £8
347941-and Hull Box Office
www. kardomah94 .com

Hero—
In the 2017 City of Culture and LGBT 50;ebrations it is appropriate to remember a forgotten hero of Hull—Dan Billany. An activist ,teacher,novelist and soldier in WW2,Billany and fellow prisoner David Dowie went missing after being released from a POw camp in italy. Their fate remains unknown to this day.
Hero-a play by Hull author Barrie Wheatley is based on the Billany biography by Valerie Reeves and Valerie Showan.The play combies fact and dramatic fiction to bring Billanys story to life. It draws on extracts from Billanys novels The Cage and The Trap. It tells the story–among other things of Dans love for his fellow soldier David—-at a time when such was completely taboo and shows us Dans courage in challenging the conventions of his day when gay men were treated as criminals. It was not to be until the year 2000 that the ban on gays serving in the armed forces was lifted
Of course many like Dan not only served but died. This is one mans story of how cruel reality used to be
Not only that but this dramatisation has been highly acclaimed. A visit to this highlight of Hull Pride this year is highly recommended

Within his short life Dan never lived to see a world more understanding of his true nature. Had he done so I believe that he would, in his writings, been as great a champion of Gay Rights as he had been of other oppressed groups. Because of the harsh times that he lived in, however, he ended up fighting for everybody but himself.
Within his short life Dan never lived to see a world more understanding of his true nature. Had he done so I believe that he would, in his writings, been as great a champion of Gay Rights as he had been of other oppressed groups. Because of the harsh times that he lived in, however, he ended up fighting for everybody but himself.

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