Tuesday’s performance by Homo Promos of the first part of Peter Scott-Presland’s Jekyll & Hyde was disrupted at the start by an influx of Zoom bombers. They let off whistles and alarms and shouted abuse. One, ‘Bob’, started masturbating on camera, while others wrote homophobic comments in the chat section. They were ejected after ten minutes, and the shaken cast of nine were able to compose themselves in a short time, to still deliver a full performance of the show.
Organiser Peter Scott-Presland (pictured top in a 1982 photo by Emmanuel Cooper) explained: “I should never have let them in, but I hadn’t come across this before. The link was publicly available, and we didn’t put up a pass code because we wanted the show to be easily accessible. But we learn from our mistakes.”
For Part Two, next Tuesday 18th at 7.30pm, there will be a new link, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86576584970 and a passcode. There will also be more careful checks as people enter the meeting. To get the passcode, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We certainly aren’t going to let these pathetic little specimens undermine our work,” vowed Peter. “As the cliché says, ‘The show must go on.’”
There are eight more plays in the season, which runs to 6th July.
Homo Promos is London’s oldest LGBT theatre company. It was founded in 1988 and named in defiance of Section 28 which forbade the ‘promotion of homosexuality’. It has now survived that “Bigots’ Charter” by 15 years.
Homo Promos has been presenting lockdown Zoom performances of new work and gay plays from the archive every Tuesday since 29th March 2020.
For more on Homo Promos go to http://www.homopromos.org