Masquerade

Author(s): Laura Lees
Company: Bill Elms

A fictional story based around the now demolished iconic Cases Street venue, affectionately known as The Mazzie, which was frequented at the time by famous faces including Holly Johnson, Paul O’Grady, Paul Rutherford, and Margi Clarke.

Masquerade—where inside was the place to be out. Mike loves Tony (but not like that). He’s his best mate. To be confident, outgoing, and open is a big deal in a city like Liverpool in 1986 especially during the AIDS crisis.

When they discover The Masquerade Club with trepidation, Mike gets a taste of the life he could and should be living. He is welcomed with open arms, soon becoming the resident DJ in a club that becomes the centre of his universe. But their paths go in separate directions.

Outside of the club walls, he needs to find the courage to tell his parents that he is not the son they want him to be. Will he find the strength to stand up for himself, especially when tragedy strikes?

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