The Pride, by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Sunday 17th February, 2pm
Director: Steven Adams
Production Dates: 27th May - 1st June 2019 (7 performances including matinee on 1st June) (Brighton Fringe Festival)
Rehearsals: 7th April - 26th May (with break 11th - 18th May for Return to the Forbidden Planet)
For more information and audition pieces, please contact Steven on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.
Alternating between 1959 and 2019, The Pride examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are.
In both 1959 and 2019 there are characters called Philip, Oliver and Sylvia who are played by the same actors in both periods. Although they have the same names, they are different characters and are living very different lives in each period.
The 1959 Philip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia, who arranged their introduction. The 2019 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers and struggling after a break-up from Philip. The 2019 Sylvia is Oliver’s best friend. In both periods Sylvia is a pivotal part of the action and loves both Philip and Oliver.
A fourth actor plays 3 parts – The Man, Peter and The Doctor.
There is a violent sex scene between Philip and Oliver which will require some nudity.
Oliver The 1959 Oliver is a Children’s author. He is keeping his sexuality hidden but hoping for a happier life in the future, possibly abroad. The 2019 Oliver is a freelance journalist who has just been dumped by Philip due to his addiction to sex with strangers. In both timelines Oliver is the most easy-going of the two. Mid 20s to early 40s.
Philip The 1959 Philip is a repressed and very closeted homosexual married to Sylvia. He falls in love with Oliver but finds that very hard to accept and acknowledge. The 2019 Philip is also in love with Oliver and is seeking a deep and meaningful relationship with him. He struggles to understand Oliver’s need for random sexual encounters with strangers. In both timelines he is the more straight-laced of the two. Mid 20s to early 40s.
Sylvia The 1959 Sylvia is an illustrator and former actress. She has had a mental health breakdown in the recent past and is quite fragile and vulnerable. She seems to sense what is wrong with her husband Philip and that he is unhappy. The 2019 Sylvia is more of a “wild-child” and is Oliver’s best friend and cares for him deeply. She tries to understand Oliver and also wants him to repair his relationship with Philip. In both timelines Sylvia a real catalyst to the events that happen. Mid 20s to early 40s.
The Man/Peter/The Doctor The Man is a role-playing prostitute who we first see dressed as a Nazi storm trooper. After the initial failed role-play sequence, we find that he is a kind and caring character. Peter is an editor of a “lads” magazine or website. Very brash and full-on. Wants to be seen as right-on and very much of today. The Doctor is a 1959 doctor who Philip goes to for gay aversion treatment. A very good opportunity for one actor to show their versatility and have some fun with multiple roles. Late 20s to early 50s.