When a show has as many twists and turns as Glenn Chandler‘s KIDS PLAY, there are special challenges in live-streaming and live-tweeting a post-show discussion. Last night, Chandler, his London stars David Mullen and Joseph Clarke, myself and the audience at Above the Stag did our best to avoid spoilers. Though it was difficult at points!
What will a lonely boy will for love? Theo (Clarke) is a gay 17-year-old student in need of cash. Greg (Mullen) is a married businessman with an odd fetish. When the two meet up in a hotel room in Brighton during a business convention, a financial transaction takes place between them, but nothing turns out quite as either of them expected.
Nor as the audience expects. KIDS PLAY is the latest stage play by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler, who also directs. Following its award-winning premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe, it’s presented in London by Chandler’s company Boys of the Empire Productions, which marks its tenth anniversary this year. Chandler’s other stage credits launched by Boys of the Empire include Cleveland Street The Musical, The Custard Boys, The Lamplighters, Killers, Sandel, Scouts in Bondage and Lord Dismiss Us.
At last night’s KIDS PLAY post-show discussion, while dancing around the plot points, we managed a meaty discussion covering, amongst other things, fathers and sons (and mothers), psychotherapy, fetishisation, LGBT representation onstage, Jack Whitehall controversies, diversity in auditions and casting, writing versus directing, favourite children’s toys and the show’s third star, a Teddy Bear… named Monkey.
Both the play and the post-show are definitely not for kids! Watch the full Q&A and live-tweeting care of MyTheatreMates.com below.
Event photography by Peter Jones.