WORTHING LGBT HISTORY MONTH: The Trials of Colonel Barker

Besi Besemar January 9, 2017

Rose Collis

In the twenties, Colonel Sir Victor Barker DSO was a fine figure of a man. Dashing, handsome, with impeccable manners, he was a model gentleman and devoted father of a young son.

But the uniform and military bearing concealed a big secret, revealed in a sensational trial at the Old Bailey in April 1929. For ‘Colonel Barker’ had been born a woman.

The trial made headline news around the world and its repercussions were felt most keenly throughout Sussex, as many key episodes in this fascinating story were played out in Climping, Littlehampton and Brighton.

Rose Collis, author of the critically acclaimed biography Col Barker’s Monstrous Regiment, is writing a new stage play based on her book. She will be talking about the research and creative processes involved in producing both works, shedding light on the extraordinary, complex story of someone who veered from tragedy to farce to fame to obscurity, but who always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman.’

There will be a Q&A session and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be available to purchase. (Cash only).

Event: LGBT History Month Event: The Trials of Colonel Barker

Where: Worthing Library, Richmond Road, Worthing BN11 1HD

Date: Tuesday February 28, 2017

Time: 12.10pm to 12.50pm

Tickets: Free, drop-in.