Brighton Fringe hit The Geminus has sailed the high seas from the south coast to London for the Camden Fringe, and they have the wind in their sales with some fantastic reviews. Take a look at what’s been said, and at the new production images from its London run, then book your tickets!
The play, written and directed by Ross Dinwiddy and based on Joseph Conrad‘s The Secret Sharer, runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre from from 12 to 17 August 2019.
Trust me, help me, I’m a killer.
The Geminus is a vivid and compelling voyage of self-discovery through perilous, exotic waters. Young Captain George Hotson is feeling the intense strain and the isolation of his new command. But he’s about to find solace in an encounter with a fugitive called Leggatt – a handsome and enigmatic stranger with blood on his hands.
This intense, suspenseful and empowering story of adventure and self-discovery on the high seas follows Hotson as he falls in love with the ambiguous stranger, subsequently taking control of his ship and his life.
Dinwiddy, who wrote The Geminus, is a writer, director and co-founder and Artistic Director of Blue Devil Productions. He previously directed Ruffian on the Stair and wrote/directed Apparatus for the company.
Writing about the London performance, The Reviews Chap said:
“Ross Dinwiddy has not only written The Geminus but also directs with style, sensitivity, grace and pace, extracting the many nuances from his work and the decidedly talented and secure ensemble.”
John Black leads the cast as Hotson, with Gareth Wildig as Leggatt. Christine Kempell, Ben Baeza and Robert Cohen complete the ensemble.
Stephen Vowles, writing for Boyz, said:
“This is sixty minutes of a very well-crafted and acted play. With a stella cast, notably Gareth Wildig as Leggatt presenting a linchpin performance that makes the whole thing come together much like a sailor’s knot.”
Blue Devil Productions was founded in 2016 and specialises in uncovering the hidden LGBTQ+ messages in classic works of literature.
The Geminus runs during a packed summer at the Tristan Bates Theatre, which also includes fellow Camden Fringe productions The Net.
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