Grey Liberation comes to the care home in this bittersweet comedy starring leg-endary Lavinia Co-op.
A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans, starring leg-endary Lavinia Co-op and produced by 89th Productions as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival.
A veteran of Gay Lib, Joan dons battle dress, seeking an ally in the young, gay but disappointingly conventional care assistant Craig for his assault on the heteronormativity of the care system. Then, in this most unlikely of settings, Joan is offered love by a gentleman called Jim…
This bittersweet comedy with an opulent operatic soundtrack is staged site-specifically at the RVT—where Nathan produced the long-running Vauxhallville, a series of pantomimes and shows with David Hoyle—and is followed by a discussion chaired by Ben Walters, with ambassadors from Opening Doors and Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
‘Lavinia Co-op was perfect as Joan. It felt as if he had literally walked off the street and into the show. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished production: I confidently predict a crying audience, standing ovations and excellent reviews for what is a really beautiful and emotional story with a strong message that comes straight from the heart.’ LondonTheatre1, on a reading of SwanSong in the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Festival ‘17
Directed by: Nathan Evans
Image Credit: Justin David