A queer love story, tackling themes of race, religion and sexuality.
After his Pentecostal mother dies, Roland is liberated to live openly as a gay man. He relocates from Brixton to E17, where he unexpectedly falls for Amir, a much younger refugee with a war-torn past. Their magnetic connection is tested, however, by Amir’s PTSD, his inability to identify as gay, and Roland’s strained relationship with his teenage son, Gary. What binds these three characters together is the desire to know and understand one another as they struggle to come to terms with their own identities.
Bren Gosling’s powerful new drama overturns expectations and sheds light on the traumatic impact of racism, homophobia and displacement. PROUD will be brought to the stage in a bold and compelling production by director Marlie Haco.
Inspired by Gosling’s earlier award-winning novel, 'The Street Sweeper', the play won a callout by ATG in 2021 and was long-listed for Papatango & Radius Playwriting prizes in 2020.
CAST & CREATIVES
Writer Bren Gosling
Director & Producer Marlie Haco
Production Company Double Telling
Set & Costume Designer Justin Nardella
Composer & Sound Designer Ákos Lustyik
Lighting Designer Ben Jacobs
Stage Manager Martha Baldwin
Associate Producer Tom Woffenden
Marketing Laura Thomson
Roland Taofique Folarin
Amir Andrei Maniata
Gary Kaine Hatukai