Yelp London usually avoids drama in our life, but this time, we welcomed it with open arms.
Yelpers met outside of the theatre where we were given tickets, bought drinks and made our way to the stage. It was an intimate theatre with no bad seats in the house and a striking set bare set with a giant aged mirror in the centre.
The play is about a love triangle, occurring simultaneously in 1958 and the present, against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. It was piercingly brutal and heartbreaking with moments of wonderful unexpected humor.
“Its a beautiful play that manages to tackle the issue of homosexuality now and in the 50s without seeming condescending or trite,” Maja N reviewed. “The play was a lot funnier than I expected and emotions ran the gamut.”
After the show, the full cast (Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton, Al Weaver and Mathew Horne) writer Alexi Kaye Campbell and Edward Stambollouian, the show’s assistant director, stayed on stage for a Q&A. They talked about their thought process, what the show meant to them and retold amusing behind-the-scenes stories.
Then the yelpers were escorted to a private lounge were we drank with the cast and crew and got the chance to chat with them futher.
“Unbeknownst to me, I spoke at length with a fairly popular English actor about American foreign policy. Got a massive hug and kiss from him as I was leaving. Who is this person? Mathew Horne of Gavin and Stacey. I thought he was just some talented guy who got all the interesting bit parts in the play. *Insert ignorant American face here*” Nava N told us. “Five stars for that alone as it gives me a funny story to tell.”
“Not a bad way to spend a Monday, with the cast and writer/director of a timely renewal of the relevance of civil rights struggles on modern times,” Thomas A told us.
Until next time,
Alex S, Yelp Community Director