Autumn Season | October - December 2017

QUAINT HONOUR

by Roger Gellert

 
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 29, 30, 31 October, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 21 November 2017

The first production in 60 years

“Why do you assume that every sexual act must have a male and a female to it?”

Presented for the first time since its world premiere in 1958 and celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which decriminalised homosexuality in the UK, Quaint Honour by Roger Gellert.

A boy’s boarding school in the late 1950s. Homosexuality in the UK is illegal, but behind closed doors and behind the back of the Headmaster, gay sexual activity between the students is rife. 

When Tully, the house prefect, accepts a challenge to seduce a younger student, Hamilton, he sets in motion a dangerous game of manipulation and corruption, causing devastating consequences that neither student could ever have imagined…

Examining the effects of sexual oppression at a time when the lives of young gay people were challenged by both the law and the education system, this highly controversial and brutally frank play – originally produced at the Arts Theatre to avoid the censorship of the Lord Chamberlain –  is now presented onstage for the first time in over half a century.

Age guidance 18+

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT ROGER GELLERT


Playwright Roger Gellert (1927–2013) began his career as a script reader for the iconic theatrical agent Peggy Ramsay, before going on to become Literary Editor for the  Royal Shakespeare Company where he translated the plays of Jean Giraudoux, and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle which played at the Aldwych Theatre in 1962, directed by William Gaskill. He was also a theatre critic for The New Statesman and a presenter for BBC Radio’s Third Programme. Quaint Honour was his only original play.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN DURHAM

Director Christian Durham has recently directed Children of Eden and the double OffWestEnd nominated Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre). He is currently the Associate Director of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Europe and Japan, while his Russian production won the Golden Mask Award for Best Musical. Direction includes Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad  (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Animus and Just So (Bridewell Theatre), Presterton Hall (Liverpool Theatre School), Ute Lemper (Stuttgart), Debbie Does Dallas, nominated for the Best Musical Production in the Musical Theatre Matters Awards (E4 Udderbelly at the Edinburgh Festival), Taboo, winner of the Best Musical award in the Manchester Evening News Awards (National Tour), a workshop presentation of a new musical of Peter Pan (Lyric Theatre, West End), Curtains (Arts Educational School), Pieces of String (Waterloo East Theatre), Liola  and Cloud 9 (Drama Studio London),  #Henna Nights (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Edward II (Genesis Director’s Programme at The Young Vic), Real Classy Affair (Soho Studio Theatre), Only You Can Save Mankind (Pleasance Edinburgh), Urban Folk Tales (Lost Theatre Festival), Connections  (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and Proud (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio). Associate Direction includes Michael Pennington’s King Lear (National Tour), Pure Imagination (St James Theatre), Studies for a Portrait (Kings Head Theatre), Zorro (Garrick Theatre and National Tour), the Donmar Warehouse’s Guys and Dolls (National Tour) and The New Statesman (National Tour). Resident Direction includes Chicago (West End) and The King And I (National Tour).

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN DURHAM

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★★★★ Time Out, Sunday Express, The Stage
“A vividly engrossing, unsentimental portrait…..Director Christian Durham uses the Union’s small stage space inventively." Critics’ Choice. Tom Vickers, Time Out 

“Captivating warmth and humanity to its beautiful telling …Durham’s production brings it to thrilling 3D life…a sterling revival.” Mark Shenton, The Stage  

"The casting is excellent... Director Christian Durham keeps the pace up and brings this selection of oddball characters to life." Paul Vale, The Stage on Proud

"This intimate revival, directed by Christian Durham, is delightful." Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide on Children of Eden

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 29, 30, 31 October, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 21 November 2017

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

(Group Bookings – 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.)

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Directed by Christian Durham

Presented by Giles Chiplin Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, by special arrangement with Tony Scotland.

Casting to be announced.

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