I’m starting my new year post-show Q&A schedule back at one of my very favourite venues, Trafalgar Studios 2, for this much-anticipated transfer. More than 35 years on, there will be plenty to discuss around this anniversary production of this debut play from late British dramatist Kevin Elyot…
In 2017, King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher directed the 35th-anniversary production and the first London revival of Coming Clean, the first play Kevin Elyot, who became best known for AIDS era classic My Night with Reg. The play premiered at the Bush Theatre on 3 November 1982.
Coming Clean looks at the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship and examines complex questions of fidelity and love.
The play is set in a flat in Kentish Town, north London, in 1982. Struggling writer Tony and his partner of five years, Greg, seem to have the perfect relationship. Committed and in love, they are both open to one-night stands as long as they don’t impinge on the relationship. But Tony is starting to yearn for something deeper, something more like monogamy. When he finds out that Greg has been having a full-blown affair with their cleaner, Robert, their differing attitudes towards love and commitment become clear.
Written 12 years before My Night With Reg, Coming Clean won Elyot the Samuel Beckett Award for writers showing particular promise in the field of the performing arts.
For the West End transfer, Adam Spreadbury-Maher (recent King’s Head Theatre productions include the European premiere of Tommy Murphy’s Strangers in Between, La Bohème and Trainspotting) again directs Amanda Mascarenhas as set designer and Nic Farman as lighting designer.
Coming Clean is being produced in the West End by King’s Head Theatre, Making Productions Limited and Joe C Brown.
For the post-show discussion on Wednesday 16 January 2018, I’ll be joined by director Adam Spreadbury-Maher and a panel of guest experts to be announced.
After my December event at Dialektikon, I’m already looking forward to returning to the Park Theatre’s upstairs Park90 in the new year as part of a programme of events for the world premiere of Tom Wright’s My Dad’s Gap Year…
“Seriously, William, you’re eighteen and you’re gay, for Christ’s sake. You’re meant to swim against the tide. A proper gap year is all about travelling. Seeing the world. Popping your cherry. This is our chance to start living. Me and you.”
This is the story of Dave; a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay, teenage son William on a wild adventure to Thailand to lose his virginity. Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE), My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events.
Michelle Collins (Eastenders, Coronation Street) stars as William’s mother Cath – a woman on her own journey of self-discovery – alongside Adam Lannon, Alex Britt, Victoria Gigante and Max Percy.
Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a mad one!
For the Q&A after the performance of My Dad’s Gap Year on Thursday 7 February 2019, I’ll be joined by playwright Tom Wright, director Rikki Beadle-Blair and the company to discuss the play, production and creative process. Producers have also planned a series of issues-led talks throughout the run.