A sparky comedy exploring the challenges faced by an illegal same-sex couple in the 1960s.
Charles Dyer's bitter-sweet comedy follows hairdressers Charlie and Harry as one awaits a court hearing and the other faces the onset of illness in 1960s Brixton. Together for 20 years, theirs is a relationship filled with sharp wit and warm mockery against a backdrop of prejudice. Starring Paul Rider and John Sackville.
The problem here is one of tone: at least as of press night, the actors haven’t yet found a way to lighten the bitchery so as to allow glimpses of the affection that has seen them through bumps before and will surely do so again. You also feel as if the whole could be funnier than it is.
While Dyer’s play may seem dated now, it offers a salient reminder of how recent and tenuous gay freedom is in this country. The language of the play is flamboyant, practically Polari, but the subject matter is serious and contemplative...