El Paracaidista and the British Council celebrate the LGBTI with the screening of “Our Gay Wedding: The Musical” by Ellen Hobson and Louise Hopper.
On 29 March 2014 same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales. Take a front row seat at one of the first gay weddings which will be an extraordinary ceremony in more ways than one - it's a musical.Grooms Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor have written and staged their entire wedding as a musical – with sung vows, sung readings, a singing registrar and show-stopping ensembles featuring the whole congregation of family, friends and special guests. Even the grooms’ mums sing a heartfelt duet.
Stephen Fry introduces Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, which also features very special performances from The Feeling, Andy Bell, The London Gay Men’s Chorus and West End leading lady Hannah Waddingham, plus messages and appearances both sung and spoken from the likes of Boy George, Will Young, Jon Snow, Paul O’Grady, Lesley Garrett and Olivia Newton John. This extraordinary TV musical is not only a celebration of Benjamin and Nathan’s relationship, but also bears witness to a major step forward for gay rights, with very personal parts of the service interwoven with songs reflecting on the historical journey to this point, tributes to the other gay and lesbian couples around the country getting married at the first opportunity and a reminder of the struggles faced by those in countries where homosexuality is still a crime.