Final casting has been announced for Outlaws to In-Laws – seven one-act plays by leading gay writers dedicated to the struggles and joys of gay men connecting with each other over the last seven decades – which gets its world premiere next month at London’s King’s Head Theatre.
From the darkest days of criminality to the legalising of gay marriage, the works by Jonathan Harvey, Jonathan Kemp, Joshua Val Martin, Matt Harris, Patrick Wilde, Philip Meeks and Topher Campbell each represent one of the decades from the 1950s to the present day.
The full cast are: Elliot Balchin, Jack Bence, Myles Devonté, Michael Duke, Alex Marlow, James Richard Marshall. Outlaws to In-Laws, directed by Mary Franklin, is a fictional exploration of gay men in the throes of love – young love, risky love, secret love… and good old-fashioned romance.
Outlaws to In-Laws will get its world premiere at London’s King’s Head Theatre from 29 August to 23 September 2017, with a press night on 31 August. It is produced by Making Productions in association with the King’s Head Theatre.
Happy and Glorious is set in the 1950s and written by Philip Meeks. 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…
Jonathan Harvey’s Mister Tuesday is set in the 60s. 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.
Jonathan Kemp’s Reward is set in the 70s. It’s the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Donald, a sweet sixteen 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?
Patrick Wilde’s 1984 and 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, Thatcher’s aide, is preparing to help legislate against gay people. Suddenly the political and the personal become a matter of life and death.
In Matt Harris’ Princess Die, 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?
Topher Campbell’s Brothas 2.0 is set in the noughties 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…
Joshua Val Martin’s The Last Gay Play is set in the present. 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 his son’s happiness?
Elliot Balchin – Elliot’s big break was in C4’s Hollyoaks. His theatre credits include Kenneth Branagh’s production of Macbeth in both Manchester and its New York transfer, and Judas Kiss alongside Rupert Everett, including its transfer to New York’s BAM theatre. Elliot recently finisheds shooting on the feature film Journey’s End.
Jack Bence – Jack was recently seen in The Interceptor on BBC1 and played Beanbag in EastEnders. He was Benson the school bully in all three seriies of Bad Education. His recent theatre work includes Shitfaced Shakespeare at Leicester Square Theatre. Rough Cuts (Royal Court) and Swimming (Soho Theatre).
Myles Devonté – Theatre includes: Hospital Chapel 6am (Southwark Playhouse), We Don’t Have To Change At All (N16), Gone to Pot (Cockpit Theatre), Exhibit B (Barbican).
Michael Duke – Theatre credits include: Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre, West End) Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre, West End & world tour), Travels with My Aunt (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, West End), The Rat Pack Live (Arts Theatre), Dancing in The Streets (UK tour).
Alex Marlow – Theatre credits include: Halycon Days, Just Another Blockbuster, A Fairy Affair and William B. (all tours for English Theatre Company), Peter Schlemiel (N16), Salomé (The Space).
James Richard Marshall – Theatre credits include: Macbeth and Timon of Athens (The Factory Theatre), The Dragon (Southwark Playhouse), Fuente Ovejuna (Tangram Theatre), King Lear and Merry Wives of Windor (Shakespeare’s Globe). On TV he was in the BBC LISTINGS INFO