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It is 1953 and two queer men are inside the head of a famous murder mystery author waiting to be written in to her latest novel. Excitement turns to suspicion and fear when the penny drops that one of them must kill the other. In desperation they turn to their own language - the queer language of POLARI - to turn the tables on the author.
This queer dark comedy skewers queer identity and stereotypes in the fifties and today. Commissioned by the International Agatha Christie Festival, it was performed to great acclaim in 2019.
'Lively and entertaining… Playing out a game of role play, capture and escape'
Matt Newbury, Director of the International Agatha Christie Festival
Award winning Theatre North, (Star of the Brighton Festival, Best actor International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival) founded in Yorkshire in 2001, has produced more than thirty plays and performance pieces that interrogate the LGBTQ+ world aimed at gay and straight people alike. Notable successes include Lord Arthur’s Bed (King's Head Theatre, 2010) Naked Homo, Billy Budd Sailor, Handel’s Cross, Mirando the Gay Tempest and Queer Bodies. Praise for previous work:
'Riveting... There isn’t a performance this intimate or surprising around' The Stage for Billy Budd Sailor
'In this neat show nakedness hides many secrets' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian for Billy Budd Sailor
'Undeniably unique theatre & a genuine pleasure to watch' Broadway Baby for Naked Homo
'A theatrical treat for the senses... pushes further the boundaries of gay theatre. A tour de force' GayTheatre for Handel's Cross
'Graphic fevered narrative… Brought vividly to life… Blurs the boundaries of discipline, suppression & homoerotic energy, punctuated with glorious bursts of Handel' The Scotsman for Handel's Cross
'Laugh-out-loud show with moments of excellence' British Theatre Guide for Lord Arthur's Bed
CAST & CREATIVES
Cast | Morgan Leigh Jones, Martin Lewton, Isobel Arnett
Writer | Martin Lewton
Director | Andrew McKinnon
Designer | Ellen Cairns
Stage Manager | Jacqueline Huang
Producer | Dermot McLaughlin