As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 16 January 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is back at Trafalgar Studios again for the West End transfer of the King’s Head Theatre’s acclaimed 35th-anniversary revival of Coming Clean. Got any questions?
I’m starting my new year post-show Q&A schedule back at one of my very favourite venues, Trafalgar Studios 2, for this much-anticipated transfer. More than 35 years on, there will be plenty to discuss around this anniversary production of this debut play from late British dramatist Kevin Elyot…
In 2017, King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher directed the 35th-anniversary production and the first London revival of Coming Clean, the first play Kevin Elyot, who became best known for AIDS era classic My Night with Reg. The play premiered at the Bush Theatre on 3 November 1982.
Coming Clean looks at the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship and examines complex questions of fidelity and love.
The play is set in a flat in Kentish Town, north London, in 1982. Struggling writer Tony and his partner of five years, Greg, seem to have the perfect relationship. Committed and in love, they are both open to one-night stands as long as they don’t impinge on the relationship. But Tony is starting to yearn for something deeper, something more like monogamy. When he finds out that Greg has been having a full-blown affair with their cleaner, Robert, their differing attitudes towards love and commitment become clear.
Written 12 years before My Night With Reg, Coming Clean won Elyot the Samuel Beckett Award for writers showing particular promise in the field of the performing arts.
For the West End transfer, Adam Spreadbury-Maher (whose recent King’s Head Theatre productions include the European premiere of Tommy Murphy’s Strangers in Between, La Bohème and Trainspotting) again directs Amanda Mascarenhas as set designer and Nic Farman as lighting designer. Coming Clean is being produced in the West End by King’s Head Theatre, Making Productions Limited and Joe C Brown.
At the post-show discussion on 16 January, Terri will be joined by director Adam Spreadbury-Maher and production associate David Parker, a 70-year-old gay man who would have been the same age as Tony and Greg in 1982 and lived through the AIDS era that followed. At the time of the 2017 King’s Head run, Spreadbury-Maher told Broadway World about the insights that Parker brought to the creative process. Also confirmed for the panel is Carrie Lyell, the editor of Diva Magazine, who offers a lesbian perspective to the AIDS crisis, where women lost many allies in the fight for gay rights and against the disease.