The Chemsex Monologues plays its first full-length run at The King’s Head Theatre after premiering in 2016’s Queer Season.
A man meets a mysterious stranger on a night out in Vauxhall; a sexy poster-boy gets taken to a chill-out by a porn star; a fag-hag named Cath is pushed to her limits at the party of the century; a sexual health worker struggles with the burden of community outreach.
Written by Patrick Cash and directed by Luke Davies, The Chemsex Monologues are the untold stories of the men and women adrift in London’s chill-out scene, offering a frank and touching insight into one of the twenty-first centuries most controversial gay subcultures. Originally staged during the King’s Head’s 2016 Queer Season, the show was selected for a full length, three-week run to mark the fiftieth year since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. It commences the theatre’s year-long celebration of this historic milestone. Writer Cash discusses his inspiration behind the production:
“Chemsex is all too often reported through a prism of hysterical sensationalism. I wanted to reveal the true people who are caught up in this world: not criminals or deviants, but very real, very vulnerable and very loveable human beings.”
The King’s Head Theatre has a well-established tradition of championing LGBTQ works and Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher is keen to continue spearheading writing in this vein:
“At the King’s Head Theatre, we’re deeply committed to programming work by the best and the brightest emerging LGBT theatre-makers. I’m proud to present Patrick Cash’s brilliant, devastating play for its first full season, which paints a vibrant portrait of the twenty-first- century gay community and the urgent physical and mental health challenges we face.”
The Chemsex Monologues plays The King’s Head Theatre from 21 March – 9 April 2017. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.