This topical play, which contrasts the experiences of two gay men and a straight women in 1958 and the present day, has been up-dated and ‘triumphantly revived’ (What’s on Stage) at Trafalgar Studios. The play, first produced at the Royal Court in 2008, has been revived by the original creative team – director Jamie Lloyd, designer Soutra Gilmour and lighting designer Jon Clark – and both play and production have received glowing reviews.
As the Financial Times says ‘while the play focuses specifically on the experience of gay men, its deepest concerns are universal as it considers loneliness, self-knowledge and emotional integrity.’ Michael Billington at The Guardian thought that ‘Lloyd’s superbly acted revival balances the two halves of the play better than his Royal Court original‘, and several reviewers agreed with him that the scenes set in the 1950s were particularly successful.
The Telegraph praised both acting and setting of ‘one of the best British gay plays I have seen’… ‘a fine and compassionate drama with a noble breadth and depth of human sympathy’. The Independent described the play as ‘shrewd, witty and deeply affecting’…a ‘thoughtful and thought-provoking drama about the struggle that generations of gay men and women have had to wage in order to achieve a sense of self-worth.’