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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Rapture "a queer and chaotic story set in contemporary East London" @kingsheadtheatre @KingsHeadThtr

Last night Stuart and I went to see Rapture - a queer and chaotic story set in contemporary East London - at The Kings Head Theatre in London's glitzy Islington.

Written and directed by Sophie Leydon and fresh from VAULT Festival the show stars clued-up, kinky and queer Rosy (Lynne Jefferies), Tommy (Bryan Moriarty) and Kit (Pete MacHale).

Forming a chosen family, Tommy is a hard bar-manager trying to live his best life whilst polyamorous partner-and-girlfriend Kit and Rosy struggle with their intersectional S&M relationship.

A frenetic, colourful vision of life in the capital's hedonistic fast-lane, Rapture explores the emotional fallout when harm is perpetuated from inside the LGBTQIA+ community.

The warning on the ticket perhaps says it best; "Contains strong language, sexual assault, substance use, addiction, mental illness, suicidal ideation, mis-gendering, dead-naming, bereavement & grief." Oh, and there is an Intimacy Coordinator.

We enjoyed it. Mostly. But at times it was hard to follow the cross-talking, the slang, the modern social currency, and the frenetic pace. But then it probably wasn't aimed middle-aged dinosaurs like us!

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