Back by popular demand after critically acclaimed smash hit 2016 and 2017 seasons, award-winning playwright Tommy Murphy’s slice of Aussie life returns to the stage in the second part of the King’s Head Theatre in the West End Season.
Sixteen-year-old Shane has fled his rural hometown for the glitz, glamour and glory of Sydney’s King’s Cross. Adrift among the lonely hearts and hot boys, Shane attempts to navigate the troubled waters of his past toward a brighter future.
Strangers In Between is an unflinching look at the highs and lows of growing up gay in modern Australia, bursting with laugh-out-loud one-liners, simmering sexual tension and heartfelt confessions.
Strangers In Between at King’s Head Theatre
Although the play is far from being a typical LGBT+ narrative, the underlying message remains oh-so-familiar: seize the day and leave the past in the past. I’m not sure why this play ends so abruptly, but finishing on a high note for Shane sends the audience out encouraged. I understand from a fellow audience member who attended the original King’s Head run in 2016 that the production is ’much tighter’ now than it was then. Worth a visit, as it were, down under – overall, it’s a brilliant and bittersweet production.
4-Star review by Chris Omaweng