Above The Stage Theatre is proud to announce the UK premiere of Southern Baptist Sissies on 8 March 2017.
The play, by Del Shores, will be directed by Gene David Kirk.
Southern Baptist Sissies is the unforgettable story of four boys growing up gay in a religious community in Dallas, Texas. The highly imaginative and moving play follows their lives from eight years old to adulthood. The play veers between the boy’s friendships, sex lives, and estrangement.
The director has said: ‘It’s tempting to say Sissies feels particularly relevant at the moment, with all the noise around Trump and the fear that hard won rights could be rolled back.
‘But it’ll always be relevant – so many religious communities have struggled for so long, in so many places, just to accommodate gay lives. Churches like the one in the play have a huge authority, a moral authority. That has a massive, damaging impact on young people growing up gay.
‘Del Shores comes from the Southern Baptist community, his dad was a preacher, so he’s writing from the inside. It’s specific and it’s authentic. And speaking more selfishly, it’s a gift of a play to direct because it’s so theatrical. It’s about four boys growing up into young men, so actors play their characters across a range of ages, and others play several roles.
‘Del knows what he’s doing, he knows that audiences like big memorable characters, and that we need laughs and a bit of razzmatazz mixed in with the heavy stuff. It deserves a special production and we’re going all out on that.’
The play has won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theatre Production.
Above The Stag Theatre is an award-winning theatre in Vauxhall, London with a focus on producing LGBT+ themed theatre including new writing, musicals and revivals. It is the only full-time professional LGBT+ theatre in the UK.
As a registered charity, Above The Stag Theatre also hosts exhibitions, rehearsed readings and other events throughout its annual programming offering new writers, photographers and other forms of artists a platform to present their work.
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