So here they all are! After months of adaptation, planning and rehearsal, the stage version of Haus of Phag's The Fey will appear at The King's Arms, Salford between 16th-18th August. A Bewilderbeastly Production, adapted by Rylan Cavell and directed by Anne Davies, the dystopian queer drama, "a bona play for omees and palomes", stars Alex Herod, Andy Pilkington, Carmen Dooley, Christopher Burton, Luke Richards, Misty Chance, Nigel Anderson and Rod Tame. Below, each of the actors gives an insight into the background of their characters,
Alex says: "Claudia is 30. She is single. She has a knack for pissing people off. But she also knows a thing or two about self-preservation and is determined to not let the onset of her thirties, lack of girlfriend or the disapproval of others stop her from getting the one thing she knows will make her happy: a baby.
"And it looks like her long-suffering housemate Richard will be dragged along for the ride."
Andy says: "George lives with Faye, a close friend since university. Despite living quite a progressive lifestyle, being openly gay, working in a gay bar and being interested in gay rights, he’s actually quite conservative at heart.
"He longs for a traditional future, getting married and settling down, the whole white picket fence ideal.
He fears loneliness.
"He is not close to his family. They accept he’s gay but they just don’t really talk about it. He sees Faye very much as family.
"He is a contradiction as although he is frustrated by intolerance towards homosexuality, he longs for “normality” perhaps more than any other character."
Carmen says - "Faye is a very confident, independent, modern twenty-something. Her best friend is George and is fiercely protective of her more anxious counterpart. Having a tendency to speak before she thinks, her mouth can sometimes get her in trouble; making her come across as tactless.
"However, all this bravado hides her own insecurities and deep-rooted caring nature. During the last few scenes of the play, Faye is the character asking all the questions the audience would want to ask, having the most unbiased perspective on the situation"
Christopher says: "The inquisitor is the hero of the piece; seeking out degenerates and perverts and making society safe for normal people – or that’s how he sees it from his small minded, bigoted perspective.
"He operates from the shadows and no-one dare gainsay his strong sense of the rightness of his own mission (although having a couple of dedicated thugs helps as well!).
"In his black and white world there is no place for nature’s mistake, i.e. homosexuality, and he’s more than happy to do whatever it takes to speed along its eradication – kill or cure, either works for him. He’s not without imagination – after all, sometimes one has to be a bit inventive to hit targets and if that means finding new ways of applying pain to persuade his patients to accept their cure then he’s the man for the job."
Luke says: "At 29 Richard has achieved a lot. He shares a beautiful house and has a good paying job as a lawyer.
"His father, an old fashioned, retired judge is proud of Luke’s apparent relationship with his partner Claudia. But it hasn’t been easy for Richard. Unknown to his colleagues and father, Richard is a closeted gay man, and Claudia is actually a lesbian and just his good friend and housemate.
"Richard feels free with his friends and Claudia. But with the outbreak of GRIDS and the rise of right-wings politics, Richard fears that he will have to live his life forever wearing a mask."
Misty Chance - Norma Bone
Misty says: "Norma Bone is a self professed queen and matrich of the local gay scene with an outwardly agressive stance on protecting her LGBT community from those who may threaten its rights and freedoms. She is a veteran of gay cabaret land, and by default, spokesperson and agony aunt for the people around her, giving them advice, strength and inspiration in times of uncertanty, but beneath the surface and the Drag, she is very uncertain and insecure, always questioning herself and her abilities.
"Her core is powered by her public image and external glamor, but when it is forcebly stripped away she is left with some impossible decisions. With her alter-ego now locked in a suitcase, all that remains is the “man behind the curtian". How will this frightened naked man deal with the demons he and his brethren now face? If only Norma was around to give him advice!"
Nigel says: "Jacqui lifted the delicate snow globe and imagined a world without pain or disillusion. Dad never smiled, not once, not in thirty something years. Everytime she walked in the room.
"Every man in her life had made her out to be the instigator, not the victim. Crying silently night after night she attempted to wash out the memory of those brutal men, those men who found her a freak and an abomination. But still they craved her - fondling her with sexual awkwardness….
"Out of this something beautiful always comes along. But darkness was never far away for Jacqui."
Rod says: "As a young man Jean found his promised land, the gay scene, and he has partied there with his omees and palones ever since. Now he is terrified that his safe world of acceptance will be taken away from him and he is powerless to prevent it.
"He’s an example of how we can take a progressive environment for granted, only to suddenly find the rug pulled from under our feet. Jean is very relevant given the current push and pull in attitudes towards LGBT issues around the globe."
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