"It's a masterpiece of organisation"
by Aline Waites on 31/05/19

Every so often one comes across a play that should be shared by everyone and this is one of them.

It is a simple story set in a remote village in Cornwall about a young man and his discovery of himself as a homosexual; his experiences with his family and friends who treat him cruelly because they find it difficult to understand. Kevin Kelly has done a sympathetic intelligent version of the book by David Rees and Tim McArthur has created it into a brilliant theatrical experience.

The story is a simple one – a young boy grows up not quite understanding his sexuality and it shows him stage by stage enjoying sex with his girlfriend, his boyfriend and various lovers as he grows up. There are seven actors who add to their roles by acting as a Greek chorus to the action.

Ewan the boy is played by Bryan Moriarty a fresh-faced young man with an aura of innocence about him. Perfect casting for the role of the young man discovering life. His girlfriend is played by Lucy Penrose a versatile singer/ actress who recently played Judy in the Judy Garland story. She fits in with the story perfectly and plays several other roles as a member of the Greek Chorus. David McNair plays a few of Ewan’s lovers all played without embarrassment in the virtual sex scenes. They show him that his sexual orientation is not Queer, but something that is normal for some of the human race. His first lover is Leslie (Robert Hook) – a close friend who plays football and behaves exactly as normal young men were expected to be chasing girls and getting desperate when repeatedly turned down by them and who goes to his friend for relief.

But as expected most of the drama comes from his parents who are horrified at what their child has become. They are played by Claire Calverley the Mum who wants grandchildren and Dad, (Martin Teall ) a milkman who wants his son to get a good education and make something of himself. but both are horrified when they find out the boy is homosexual and the small family breaks up completely as Ewan moves to London.

In the small 150 seat theatre of the Old Courthouse Room, it works like a dream. Set designer Ann Mitchell uses big square blocks – some coloured, some with newsprint on them – that can be adapted by the director into various items of furniture which the actors move into place arranging each scene pictorially like a series of freeze-frame pictures accompanied by appropriate music that energises the actors who work as a chorus singing along and dancing to accompany the solo action.

Tim McArthur, the director is a man who understands and has lived in musical theatre all his life and knows who to choose and how to choose his actors and creatives.

This is a masterpiece of organisation. Needs to be seen as an important life lesson as well as an artistic delight.

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