I was introduced to (and deeply impressed) by Dragonflies Theatre a while back when I saw The HIV Monologues and so I’ve been keeping an eye out on what they’ve been doing ever since. One of their newest projects is a three-part web series. The Grass Is Always Grindr is the first instalment.
Commissioned by 56 Dean Street with support from Wandsworth Oasis, the series writer Patrick Cash and director Luke Davies delve deep into Grindr and question what the hook-up app is doing to the community and the ways in which we communicate to each other.
Though there’s a clear sexual health focus, the more interesting angle comes from its look at self esteem, especially in those who at first sight wouldn’t seem to be doing too badly at all. And overall, it is an intriguing take on modern gay male sex lives, or at least some of them, and I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here. It’s also nice to see the company ethos behind Dragonflies coming through as there’s a number of familiar faces and collaborators here.
There’s also A Gay Victorian Affair which self-describes as “a gay fantasia of historical homosexual hanky panky” and proves rather enjoyably daft. A passion project for a group of Canadian creatives, who were inspired by Thomas’ lack of action in Downton Abbey, its the period gay sex comedy we didn’t know we needed.
Insofar as a set-up, Lord Reginald and Lady Vanessa Favershum are a gay man and lesbian woman who enter into a mutually agreeable marriage of convenience, in order to both keep their true desires on the downlow and to facilitate any amount of same-sex shenanigans in their households. A diverting bit of fun.