Tom Ratcliffe's CIRCA Comes to the Old Red Lion

Tom Ratcliffe's CIRCA Comes to the Old Red Lion

Circa explores the blurred identity of the gay relationship in the modern age. Following the story of one man's romantic life, we are taken through the different relationships and encounters he experiences over a period of thirty years. Joining him through the joys and pitfalls of trying to find love and fulfilment as a gay man.

The twenty-first century. Being gay is supposedly more integrated than ever. Marriage is legal, parenthood is possible and #LoveWins is trending on twitter. The time has arrived to settle down with the man you love for a life of lasting companionship. But in a world where sex is readily available, and with a history of sexual freedom; what does it mean to be in a gay relationship in the modern age? And why are so many gay men still lonely?

After premiering at the Theatre de Meervaart, Amsterdam in 2016, work.Theatre return with Tom Ratcliffe's debut play in a co-production with Harlow Playhouse.

Circa tackles a range of issues head on in an increasingly deep and fascinating exploration - yes, of what it means to be a gay person, but more widely, what it means to be human. I'm pleased there are no set-in-stone answers provided in this most thoughtful debut play from Tom Ratcliffe. As audiences shout at concerts and gigs after a band has done a good job, "More! More!" (LondonTheatre 1).

Writer Tom Ratcliffe comments, I can't wait to be bringing Circa back this year for a longer run in London and then to Harlow. The play has become even more topical over the past two years and loneliness amongst the gay community is something that needs to be spoken about. I think there's something for everyone to take away from this play as the striving for contentment in romantic relationships is universal. The play has developed over the past two years and it's something I cannot wait to share with everyone.

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