Associate Artist, Jack Albert Cook, makes his Lion and Unicorn Theatre debut in July, when his tale of mental health within the gay community, Fast Love, runs at the Kentish Town venue. Book your tickets now!
Cook’s first full-length play runs from 2 to 5 July 2019.
Rory is 25. He’s queer/gay and his struggles with mental health are just bubbling up to the surface. He tells us about the small moments that changed him, his sexuality, and his identity in the wake of life changing and extremely isolating moments. Join him at his confessional (minus the priest,) self-analysing (minus the psychiatrist,) house party (minus the guests).
Fast Love explores mental health within the LGBTQ+ community, as Rory navigates London attempting to connect through sex, Grindr and ‘pockets of intense human contact that act like anaesthetic.’ Cook’s play is full of sordid sex stories, painful confessions and multiple pleas for help.
Cook was named an Associate Artist of the Lion and Unicorn Theatre when Proforca Theatre Company’s David Brady took over as Artistic Director of the pub theatre earlier this year. He previously worked with Proforca on their production, Feel More, for which he contributed the piece, Luke. He has previously had work staged at The Space, Tristan Bates Theatre and Theatre 503, where Fast Love played earlier this year.
Jeremy Franklin plays Rory, with Sven Ironside as The Man. Musician and performer Franklin has previously worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Playbox Theatre. They are also part of London Contemporary Voices and have sung alongside artists including Laura Mvula and Sam Smith. Australian performer Ironside boasts stage credits including Assassins, Punk Rock and Spring Awakening.
Monty Leigh directs the production. Leigh is, alongside Cook, co-Artistic Director of Stupid Love Theatre. She previously directed Trash at both Theatre N16 and Courtyard Theatre, and Her Story at Theatre N16. She also runs monthly new writing night, Sharp Scratches.
Writing about a previous staging of Fast Love, London Box Office said: “Although this is one man’s story, the writing had a completely universal feel and touched on issues that affect all of us; man, woman, straight, gay, happy, sad and all of those ‘other’ in-betweens.”
Cook’s play comes to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre following the current run of BoxLess Theatre’s 90s-set Hedgehog and Kim Scopes’ one-woman tale about a woman on the moon, Blue, both of which explore anxiety and mental health in very different ways.
Fast Love runs at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, Kentish Town, London NW5 2ED from 2 to 5 July, with performances Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!