The world premiere of 7 new short plays set from the 1950s to the present day comes to the Kin’s Head Theatre this summer.
Outlaws to In-laws explores gay lives against a rapidly changing social history from intolerance, violence and hate to the legalisation of homosexuality and gay marriage. It is dedicated to the struggles and joys of gay men connecting with each other over the last seven decades.
Directed by Patrick Wilde, Outlaws to In-laws is a fictional exploration of gay men in the throes of love – young love, risky love, secret love… and good old-fashioned romance. See below for further details of each play:
Happy and Glorious by Philip Meeks is set in the 1950s. On the day of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation, South London lad Dennis follows a young man away from the celebrating crowds to an apartment overlooking Westminster Abbey. He soon discovers a world far away from his own and within a matter of hours he falls in and out of love. As the new monarch is crowned, Dennis’ life will never be the same again.
Mister Tuesday by Jonathan Harvey is set in the 1960s. In their own little love nest, Peter loves Jimmy and Jimmy loves Peter – but only every Tuesday. Peter wants more from Jimmy but Jimmy has a sensitive job, a wife, and baby on the way. Frustrated, Peter makes Jimmy a bleak offer to make sure he won’t flee the nest.
Reward by Jonathan Kemp is set in the 1970s. It’s the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Donald, a sweet 16 American, meets Spike, a skinhead, at a bus stop in a dodgy part of town. The attraction is instant. Except Spike belongs to the National Front and Donald is black. Will their love take them to a place of reward or punishment?
1984 by Patrick Wilde is set in the 1980s. The Conservative Party Conference is about to start when Tommy and Allan find themselves under Brighton Pier, but the time for hiding in the shadows should be over. Allan, Margaret Thatcher’s aide, is preparing to help legislate against gay people. Suddenly the political and the personal become a matter of life and death.
Princess Die by Matt Harris is set in the 1990s. Shane has had yet another disastrous night out with his boyfriend, and worse his fledgling drag career is struggling to get off the ground. All seems lost until he finds a gorgeous, naked stranger in the flat. Can Tyler help Shane find the personal reserves to carry on before things get any worse?
Brothas by Topher Campbell is set in the noughties. It centres on Dwayne, a muscular, attractive Jamaican immigrant and his overweight, plain university friend, Remi. They are chilling, and chatting… and chatting to guys online but after Dwayne finds a hot date for the night – with benefits he discovers Remi is using a fake profile…
The Last Gay Play by Joshua Val Martin is set in the present day. Anyone can get cold feet before getting married but hiding in the chapel belfry isn’t the answer. Will the Father get the groom to the altar or does he care more about the church roof than he does about the couple’s happiness?
Outlaws to In-laws plays the King’s Head Theatre from 29 August – 23 September. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.