We’re counting down to the London premiere of Taggart creator Glenn Chandler’s new, award-winning stage play KIDS PLAY, opening next week at Above the Stag Theatre. How has Taggart influenced this new story about sex for sale online? How are the actors getting to grips with it in rehearsals? Check out our gallery below – and then get booking!
KIDS PLAY, written and directed by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler, runs at London’s Above The Stag Theatre from 18 September to 14 October 2018, with a press night on 21 September. This latest transfer follows Chandler’s hit 2017 production of Lord Dismiss Us at the theatre.
KIDS PLAY is about the things a lonely boy will do for love. Theo is a gay 17-year-old student in need of cash. Greg is a married businessman with an odd fetish. When the two meet up in a hotel room in Brighton during the conference season, a financial transaction takes place between them, but nothing turns out quite as either of them expected.
An emotional corkscrew of a play with surprises galore, KIDS PLAY takes us on an often hilarious and sometimes dark journey into the psycho-sexual needs of two lost souls on a hot summer night.
KIDS PLAY is written and directed by Glenn Chandler, the creator of Taggart, the world’s longest-running detective series. Commenting on his inspiration for his latest stage play, Chandler said:
“I wanted to do something that had as many twists as a Taggart plot but which was about sex, not murder. Prostitution has a bad press, whether it’s about presidents and Russian whores, MPs exposed by the tabloids, or the sorrowful plight of those caught up in the evil world of sex-trafficking, and yet it’s the world’s oldest profession.
“Today, in spite of the dangers, hundreds of students – male and female – sell themselves online to help put themselves through college and university.”
Chandler wrote previous Above The Stag Theatre shows Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story, The Sins of Jack Saul and Cleveland Street The Musical. With his own company, Boys of the Empire Productions, he has also transferred his recent Edinburgh hits Lord Dismiss Us and Sandel to the theatre.
With KIDS PLAY, Chandler returns to Above The Stag with a compelling new drama that defies expectations and continually pulls the rug out from beneath the audience’s feet.
KIDS PLAY runs 18 September to 14 October 2018 at the Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6.30pm. Tickets are £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
In London, Joseph Clarke and David Mullen play Theo and Greg, taking over from Clement Charles and Gareth Watkins, who originated the roles in Edinburgh.