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Salon On Demand: Russell T Davies & Ruth Coker Burks with Damian Barr

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Salon On Demand: Russell T Davies & Ruth Coker Burks with Damian Barr.

Don’t worry if you missed it live, you can still get unlimited access to the Salon everyone’s talking about with Salon On Demand!

10% of every ticket sold will go to support the work of Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk)

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A powerful evening of stories of fear and hope, loss and survival, becoming and belonging. In the 1980s, HIV-AIDS devastated the LGBTQ+ community - the epidemic is far from over. Ruth Coker Burks, author of All The Young Men, and Russell T Davies, creator of It’s A Sin, look back on that time, tell untold stories and reflect on their relevance now. In 1986, 26-year-old Ruth visits a friend in hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. While there she notices the door to one patient’s room is painted red. The nurses are afraid to go in. Why? Ruth enters the quarantined space and finds a young man who cries for his mother in his final moments. Ruth’s life changes forever. All The Young Men is her memoir of what follows - a gripping and triumphant tale of compassion. It’s the true story of a young, single mother who finds herself at the forefront of the AIDS crisis, risking everything to restore humanity to those the virus and prejudice seek to destroy.

It’s A Sin is another landmark series from Russell T Davies, who revolutionised TV with Queer As Folk and Doctor Who. Already the most-watched drama in Channel 4’s history, this is the first British show to directly address the ongoing epidemic that wrought so much destruction on a whole generation of gay and bisexual men. It’s as joyful and defiant as it is heart-breaking. Centre of the show is 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer, played by Olly Alexander. Finding himself in the big smoke, Ritchie is drawn to the Pink Palace - a flat of glorious outsiders presided over by the fabulous Jill, played by Lydia West. Everything changes when rumours spread of a deadly ‘gay cancer’… Also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes & Stephen Fry. We were so honoured to talk with Ruth and Russell in this very special evening and we hope you’ll enjoy watching it.

10% of every ticket sold will go to support the work of Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk).

Praise for It’s A Sin and All The Young Men:

It’s A Sin is a vital, beautiful story of friendship and joy set against one of the most devastating decades for the gay community’ - Stephen Fry.

All The Young Men is a moving, inspiring testament to one woman’s courage, love and kindness in the midst of a deadly hate-filled pandemic.” Peter Tatchell.

Praise for Salon LIVE: Online events:

‘Amazing, moving, revealing, extraordinary - thank you.’ - Uli Lenart, manager of Gay’s The Word.

‘The best questions and the best audience.’ - Dolly Alderton.

About Ruth Coker Burks:

Ruth is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community who used her estate agent salary and took it on herself to be a caregiver for AIDS patients at a time when most turned their backs. She has been honoured as an Unsung Hero by the Human Rights Campaign, The World AIDS Museum in Fort Lauderdale, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Florida and the National AIDS Memorial. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas. Ruth says: ‘If I have one message with this book it’s that we all have to care for one another. Today, not just in 1986.’

About Russell T Davies:

Russell created and wrote Queer As Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Cucumber and Years and Years. He adapted A Very English Scandal, revived Doctor Who and devised Torchwood. Russell says: ‘I know I’m entering a body of work. There’s Angels In America and The Normal Heart, which was a scream of rage, and of course more recently Pose. I was steering between appreciating all those other things and finding my own way to do this.’

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