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Self Tape
Drama + New Writing + Queer Work

Self Tape

A gay monodrama following the double-life of a jobbing-actor & webcam model

Self Tape RETURNS after an acclaimed SOLD OUT run earlier this year!

"What happens when you’re in your thirties and your dreams have vanished?"

From self-tape auditions to performing as a gay webcam model, what price will Jonas Harland - a jobbing-actor & council-estate boy 'done good' - pay in his attempts to win the career he has always dreamt of? Money may be tight, but is it worth sacrificing his peace of mind, his personal relationships and the little joy that remains, for the risk of exposure as he descends into the world of cyber-sex?

Self Tape explores modern relationships; in-person & virtual, aiming to break the manifold taboos of sex-work. Written during lockdown, a period that saw an exponential rise in the camming industry, the piece holds a mirror up to contemporary society.

Written and performed by Michael Batten, and directed by Scott Le Crass, whose production of Martin Sherman’s Rose with Maureen Lipman transferred to the West End after critical and public acclaim.



'Compelling... Bold & unflinching★★★★★ The Recs


'An absorbing & satisfying experience' ★★★★ LondonTheatre1



Jonas Harland | Michael Batten
Tony | Neil Burgess (pre-recorded role)

Writer | Michael Batten
Director | Scott Le Crass
Sound Design | Julian Starr
Lighting Design | Joseph Bryant
Production Photography | Bonnie Britain

Intimate apparel provided by deadgoodundies.

Ticket Price

£10 - £25.50


18 Jun → 2 Jul


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 70 mins approx.
Age Guidance | 16+
Content Warnings | Strong language, homophobic language, nudity, explicit sexual content, suicide references, paedophilia references.


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