Michael Cashman – One of Them
Date(s) - Wednesday, 4th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Michael Cashman has lived many lives: as an actor; as a campaigner for gay rights; as an MEP and as a life peer.
Born in the post-war East End of London, young Michael’s life is changed when he is spotted in a school play, cast in Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and is transported to the glittering West End. His most defining role was as Colin in Eastenders, making television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. But it is a chance encounter in a Butlins resort that leads Michael to the great love of his life: Paul Cottingham, who would become his husband and partner of 31 years.
With Ian McKellen, Michael founded Stonewall, fighting tirelessly for civil liberties and LGBT rights. His adventures and misadventures lead him and Paul as far and wide as high tea in LA with David Hockney to flirting with Joan Collins to flying the rainbow flag over the Albert Hall with Elton John. But Michael’s greatest triumphs are seasoned with bitter loss – and he continues his fight bearing a profound grief.
One of Them contains as many multitudes as its author: glorious nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain’s standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story.
Tickets – please buy in advance from Five Leaves Bookshop – over the counter or by phone 0115 8373097 or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org: £6.00 (£4.00 students)