From Wivenhoe, With Love

The life and times of Richard Chopping + Denis Wirth-Miller

2017 marked the 50th year since the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in England and Wales - Essex based artist Scottee used this anniversary to focus on the lives of two trailblazers who set the then sleepy fishing village of Wivenhoe alight.

Image copyright and courtesy of Jon Lys Turner archive

(Image copyright and courtesy of Jon Lys Turner archive)

What happened?

Artists Nando Messias, La John Joseph and Mem Morrison recollected the lives of the notorious couple in a performance made up entirely of local gossip, hearsay, speculation and distant memory. Visitors at three sold-out performances could listen to the factually incorrect, unrecorded histories of two of Essex’s finest queers in places within Wivenhoe they frequented.

The artist: Scottee working with Radical Essex

What next?