Locks by Ben Turner
Locks is a two-act play that follows two families and their secret connections to each other. Mark and Steve, two strangers, meet at a cruising ground at night. After they go their separate ways, their lives become unavoidably entwined as theirs and their families' secrets slowly unravel, exposing truths that change all of their lives.
Locks explores the themes of anonymous sex, sexual orientation and HIV transmission and was written in conjunction with an artistic project and anthropology thesis by Michael Atkinson.
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Chris Holloway. A late 30s, middle-class yuppie who works for the City Council. He is Clara’s husband and Mark’s brother.
Clara Holloway. Chris' discontent wife and daughter of Marie. Suffers from a highly overactive imagination.
Felix Harrison. Penny and Steve's father. A widower, he suffers from chronic memory loss; the product of a tragic accident several years earlier
Marie Sanders. Clara’s recently retired widowed mother.
Mark Holloway. A mid 30s openly gay financial advisor. Chris’ brother and Clara’s childhood best friend.
Penny Harrison. An early 40s bar manager, divorcee and Samaritan. Spends the rest of her time looking after her father Felix and her brother Steve.
Steve Harrison. A late 30s construction worker. Though openly gay, he has never come out to his father. He is also HIV+.
Sidney Poitier. Imaginary friend of Clara’s.
Enid Blyton. Imaginary friend of Clara’s.