Originally published in Theatre & Performance Magazine
An insightful look at prejudice of both religion and sexuality in today’s society, with some light-hearted touches as well as heart-wrenching moments.
Adam and Luke have been living together in New York for 5 years. Luke is a devout Christian, but Adam is an opinionated atheist. When Luke is in a car accident, Adam and friends rush to the hospital to be by his side and are met by Luke’s equally religious Southern State parents. Needless to say, they don’t all get on.
Charlie Condou (Adam) and Martin Delaney (Luke) lead a funny, emotional and endearing cast in Next Fall, a critically acclaimed show by Geoffrey Nauffts. The first half is peppered with witty comments as the characters try and keep smiling despite the situation. The second half is a more sombre contrast as lovers and friends argue against family, each side taking equally valid but different opinions.
If you’re looking to laugh and cry at this modern take on an age-old debate then pop along to Southwark Playhouse (on until 25th October).
(A James Quaife and David Adkin production)
Southwark Playhouse, London
Playing until 25th October 2014
Awarded 4 1/2 stars.