American dramatist Audrey Cefaly gets her UK debut with this European premiere of her award-winning play THE GULF. Let’s dive in together…
“I’m not the answer, baby. I’m not. I’m just me.”
Lovers Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta, stranded on a boat together, they are forced to confront their differences and untangle the issues they’re faced with.
With a lesbian relationship at the heart of the play, THE GULF is an honest representation of the challenges all relationships can endure, no matter the sexuality.
THE GULF is directed by Matthew Gould, whose many other recent credits include The Secondary Victim, Pete ‘n’ Keely and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road – all of which I’ve also chaired Q&As for – as well as, back at Tristan Bates, the forthcoming actor-musician musical San Domino (and, yes, I’ve got a Q&A scheduled for that one too).
Hailing from the Deep South in America, Audrey Cefaly is a multi-award-winning writer whose work draws inspiration from her home state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region. Her work is “finely tuned to the colourful voices and stories of working-class people and seeks to explore the human condition through intimate character‐driven vignettes expressly designed and edited to effect a cathartic release for the viewer”. Her other plays include Love is a Blue Tick Hound, Maytag Virgin and Alabaster.
After the 2.30pm matinee performance of THE GULF on Saturday 21 April 2018 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team.