Transferring to London after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, Jack Silver’s production of little-known Tennessee Williams’ play Confessional will run at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 5 to 29 October 2016.
The cast are: Rob Ostlere (Holby City, Game of Thrones), Gavin Brocker (Mapp & Lucia, Beautiful Thing) with Raymond Bethley, Simone Somers-Yeates, and AF McLoughlin, Jack Archer and Alex Kiffin.
The story focuses on Leona Dawson, a caravan park beautician who discovers her layabout boyfriend has been cheating on her with her mentally ill best friend. To add insult to injury, it’s also the anniversary of her younger brother’s death. With alcohol-fuelled emotions already running high, tensions increases when a pair of gay men come into the bar, one of whom reminds Leona of her dead brother, who was also gay. As Leona gets drunker she alternates between ranting at the regulars, bragging about her self sufficiency and her itinerant life in a caravan, and listening to the two strangers tell stories about the experience of being homosexual – something she knows will irritate her homophobic friends.
Talking about the production, Jack Silver said: “I want the audience to feel unsafe, I want them to have a physical reaction to the play which means something in their instinct compels them to watch.”