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Theatre: The Gulf

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 05/05/2018

£17.50
The Gulf Lesbian Theatre London

The European Premiere of The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly is an honest representation of the challenges all relationships can endure, no matter the sexuality. It looks at two women on a small fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico and what makes their relationship tick.

The divide between Kendra, played by Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, BBC1; Strictly Come Dancing, BBC1; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the British Shakespeare Company), and Betty, played by Anna Acton (Doctors, BBC; Casualty, BBC; Eastenders, BBC; Emmanuelle & Dick, Royal National Theatre), mimics the very world that devours them: a vast and polarizing abyss. Stranded on a boat together, they are forced to confront their differences and untangle the issues they’re faced with.

The message in society that a ‘significant other’, preferably of the opposite sex, is the answer to feeling complete and happy, is always present. Through bickering, insults, self-help books and physical and emotional game playing the audience discover, along with Betty and Kendra, the substance to their relationship and their future together.

Director Matthew Gould comments, The Gulf is an exploration of relationships but it happens to be between two women in a boat on a fishing trip in Alabama and that is theimportance of The Gulf… it’s characters are women. The presence of drama that has women, let alone lesbians, as their leading characters is minimal. As the shifting sands of the rights of LGBTQ+ people fluctuate from country to country, to then have such a strong drama featuring lesbian characters and set in the deep south of America is a testament to the talent of the writer Audrey Cefaly and her understanding of the need for Kendra and Betty’s voices to be heard. I hope that whoever comes to the play will see that whatever sexes a relationship is made up of the issues are the same the world over.

The Gulf made its world premiere as a short play in August 2010 as part of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival in Silver Spring, MD under the direction of Chris Curtis.

Audrey developed the play into a full-length play which premiered at Signature Theatre in Alexandria, VA in October 2016 under the direction of Joe Calarco. It received incredible reviews and amazing audience reaction. This production won the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and was nominated for The Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play (Helen Hayes Award).

Candid, honest and damn real (★★★★★ DC Metro Theatre Arts)

Details

Date:
April 17
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
£17.50
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Website:
http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Venue

Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower St
London, London WC2H 9NP United Kingdom
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