Camp, Chemsex & Grindr - How well portrayed are queer characters in new British playwriting?
Do we need more LGBTQ+ stories about ordinary lives, extraordinarily lived?
As part of PRIDE week, The Union Theatre presents two rehearsed readings of PROUD, the new play by Bren Gosling, which seeks to present alternative narratives.
When his Pentecostal mother dies, Roland- black, 40 decides to live openly as a gay man. He unexpectedly falls for Amir – 21, an immigrant from a war zone. What gets in the way is Amir’s post-traumatic stress, his inability to identify as gay and Roland’s relationship with his 15-year-old son, Gary. PROUD is a compelling story for our time about loss and love, identity and the need to belong.
Each performance at 2.30pm and 7.30pm will be followed by Q & A
Dr.James Lovelock - Lecturer in Musical ( Queer)Theatre Studies University of Wolverhampton will chair 2.30pm post performance Q&A
Rikki Beadle- Blair MBE of Team Angelica will chair 7.30pm post performance Q&A
Comedy sketch show Beg Borrow & Bitch sees the return of Cindy & Cassandra, co-hosts of America’s no.1 feminist shopping channel. After their hit show Two Faced Bitchin’ gets axed from the air, ego’s are bruised, fear sets in and the claws come out, but will these two work together or go it solo? The bitches descend into chaos to reclaim their fame and for- tune - Think Dynasty on steroids, or RuPaul’s Drag Race in the 1980’s and you’re halfway there! Old fashioned British camp characters such as; Posh Foxes and Shady Lady Dinner Ladies clash with retro nostalgia combining all of Hunt & Murphy’s guilty pleasures.
The short and sharp Abbie Murphy, and The BFG (Big Friendly Gay) Ricky Hunt, make for a dynamic duo - visually, it’s already a laugh to look at! Ricky Hunt (Mr immersive) a Secret Cinema veteran and regular host at Park Chinois, and Abbie Murphy Amused Moose Comedy Award Finalist 2015, premiere their new show ‘Beg Borrow & Bitch’. They are two friends, who have known each other for too long.
If you like your comedy alternative, are a fan of the 80s, and enjoy a solid session of interpretive dance then this is the show for you.
Enter the kitch & saucey world of Elberace, the worlds first & only gay Elvis.
Created by James Haslam in response to his own mid life crisis, Elberace is a parody of the Elvis Tribute Artiste - not an impersonation but more an interpretation, looking & sounding nothing like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, this show is a celebration of an amazing by gone era with a splattering of camp. Loved by music and Elvis fans alike. So, put on your dancing shoes, oil up your hips and bring a clean pair of knickers to throw on stage (returnable). Jumpsuit included – It’s so bad that it’s good!
As part of ‘love is love at the union’ Roles We’ll Never Play returns on Saturday 6th July at the Union theatre for a special Pride Edition! The first male Glinda or perhaps the very first female mormon, there are no rules! Get your tickets to find out! You should expect West End stars and show stopping performances and yes, it’s pride so lots of glitter, pride outfits at the ready. This is going to be fun!