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The Adhesion of Love

Date - Thu 28 Feb 2019

Time - 7.30 pm

Duration - 2 hours and 15 minutes

Cost - £10/£7/£5

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - New Adelphi Studio


A queer historical play by award-winning playwright Stephen Hornby!

Event details

What happens when you meet your hero and they know you better than you know yourself?

In 1885, John W Wallace, a working-class man from Bolton, sets up the Eagle Street ‘College’, a book group that celebrates his love for Walt Whitman’s poetry.  Attracting a small group of like-minded men, Wallace embarks on a journey of spiritual and sexual self-discovery through Whitman’s words.  
When Wallace arrives in America six years later and meets his literary hero face-to-face, he is forced to confront the true nature of the intimacy the college members are seeking. On his return to Bolton, Wallace is unsure how to express his new sexual and spiritual awakening within in the conservative confines of Victorian England. 

Written by multi-award winning playwright Stephen M Hornby, 'The Adhesion of Love' tells the extraordinary true story of how an architect’s assistant from Bolton crossed the Atlantic in 1891 to meet the visionary queer poet Walt Whitman.  

The production builds on previous National Heritage Premiere successes: 'The Burnley Buggers Ball & Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator' (2017); 'Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester' (2016); and 'A Very Victorian Scandal' (2015). 

Stephen’s last play, 'The Burnley Bugger’s Ball', gained 5 star reviews and he was awarded the 2018 WINGS by the Swedish International Lesbian & Gay Culture Network for his short film 'Unchechen'.


Admission: £10/£7/£5

WARNING: 15+, mild bad language, contains scenes of a sexual nature.

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