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Grey Area
New Writing + LGBT

Grey Area

Where is the boundary between self-care & egotism in LGBTQIA+ relationships affected by mental health issues?

Through mirrors & reflections, Grey Area is a semi-autobiographical play that guides the audience around the memories of the characters unveiling unspoken, difficult truths about love & morality. 

The play responds to two contemporary issues, homobitransphobia & ableism. A non-linear investigation of the complexities & nuances of relationships & the moral boundaries we set: highlighting the different dynamics in LGBTQIA+ relationships while exploring what makes love (and the suffering it causes) a universal experience.

How can a journey of queer love be completely redefined by pain and understanding?

By bringing its audience into a world of mirrors (designed by the winner of the Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019, Ioana Curelea), Grey Area throws away the typical chronological heteronormative narrative in favour of something fragmented, which encourages the audience to piece together the characters’ memories in their own way. Once the performance has concluded, we are left with mystery & the feeling of having experienced something satisfying yet uniquely intriguing.

Over the past 2 years, the number of people suffering from mental health issues has doubled, with people burdened by pre-existing inequalities being the most affected: queer people, teenagers, and disabled people (among others). Moreover, with LGBTQIA+ rights now under threat, it’s more important than ever to represent queer relationships everywhere and normalise same-sex experiences. With Grey Area, we aim to do just this.” - Chiara Virgilio (Director & Co-Founder of Homing Bird Theatre)

"One of the most successful openings we have had at the Pen Theatre. Beautiful writing, directing & acting!" | MJ (Artistic Director at Pen Theatre)


Jackson | Jonny Peyton-Hill
Peter | Lewis Kennedy

Writer | Jonny Peyton-Hill
Director | Chiara Virgilio
Movement & Intimacy Director | Kiren Virdee
Set Designer | Ioana Curelea
Sound Designer | David Denyer

Ticket Price

£15 - £19


27 Feb - 5 Mar


King's Head Theatre



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