Can you fall in love with someone if you don't know their gender? Peter is about to find out when he falls for the sexually ambiguous ‘Blue’.
Their relationship poses a challenge to Peter’s identity, forcing him to face some difficult questions: To what extent are we all encouraged to conform to narrow culturally defined stereotypes, to label and to pigeon-hole ourselves? Are these labels a form of straight jacket, by adapting to them do we compromise our true nature and can we defy the ultimate label of gender?
Casting caution to the wind, Peter’s passion for Blue provokes prejudice and hostility from friends and family in a tale of sexual liberation and shattered taboos.
Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter
Performed by Tom Everatt
Videography by Howard White
Original music composed by Neil Thompson
Adapted from Boy Stroke Girl by Ian Dixon Potter
“A remarkably purposeful piece of Ian Dixon Potter's writing.”
“Theatre at its best is about creating a space to explore an idea. Among a fairly impressive vintage car collection, this play raises the bonnet to examine the engines of relationships from many contrasting angles.”
"an outside perspective allowing both contrast and commentary without distracting from the central character’s own dissection of his feelings.”
“Everatt is very much led by the dialogue. Howard White’s videography provides the cutaways and angles needed to bring pace to a necessarily slow exploration and final revelation. In fact, the ending is cuter than that”
"Unlike live theatre audiences being pushed at the moment into involuntary bubbles, this is a self-created one containing many fluid colours. To be allowed a glimpse inside is a rare and intriguing new experience worth seeking.”
★★★★★ Theatre Monkey
"Everatt is absolutely compelling in the role”
“A Strange Romance poses a simple question – if one is fortunate enough to fall in love with another human being, does it matter how the other define themselves in terms of gender? - Dixon Potter provides exactly the right answer to his own question.”
“Everatt persuades us that knowing or not knowing is missing the point about love.”
"A fiercely intelligent script”
“Thomas Everatt’s faultless performance.”
★★★★ Louis Mazzini for London Theatre 1
"Tales from the Golden Age, a series of monologues, has been one of the treats of the summer".
“Ian Dixon Potter’s series of monologues continues with this winning love story between a Cis man and a trans person"
“possibly Dixon Potter’s most ambitious tale so far”
“Despite the complex politics behind trans issues, Dixon Potter’s writing is plain, and never becomes didactic. With moments of gentle humour the story is unexpected, and across its 40-minute running time, it’s never quite clear where it’s headed.”
“Tom Everatt is eager and bright-eyed in his storytelling” “at the end of the monologue that we glimpse other layers to Peter’s character.”
“Dixon Potter plans to take five of these Tales of the Golden Age to the White Bear Theatre this autumn, and we can only hope that A Strange Romance is one of them.”
★★★★ Richard Maguire for The Reviews Hub
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