Underground Theatre in February. The new play, written by Nigel Fairs, was well-received at last year's Brighton Fringe where it sold out all its performances Upstairs at Three And Ten and it has also been performed at the Lamb Theatre in Eastbourne. The performance is on the 14th, Valentine's Day, so could be a welcome antidote to excess soppiness!
The two hander stars Louise Jameson (Doc Martin, Doctor Who) as Rachel and Nigel as the eponymous Gay Best Friend, Gavin. You might have seen him in the darker play In Conversation With An Acid-Bath Murderer, also at the Underground, or more recently seen the results of his directorship with the wonderful Secret Honour.
Rachel is a brassy, bolshy fifty-something would-be diva who is about to make her triumphant stage debut and escape her day job at Boots. But tragedy strikes in the form (or rather the absence) of her friend, Gavin who has not turned up to support the most important karaoke performance of Rachel's life. Gavin does have a good reason - he is sitting in a walk-in wardrobe in Hurstpierpoint about to father a child for two lesbians! Meanwhile, the furious Rachel has locked herself in the Ladies.
Although, on the surface, the play appears to be a light comedy, it becomes darker as it draws the audience in. Louise says “It is a frivolous, camp comedy in many respects but it’s quite profound as well. It helps us understand the value of friendship, of loving someone warts and all, of knowing their dark side and accepting it.”
Contains strong language and adult humour.
Underground Theatre, Thu 14th Feb, 19:00.
Tickets £10, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Underground Theatre and the Tourist Information Office.