Above the Stag’s new artistic director has unveiled his vision for future programming at the theatre, promising to represent “all marginalised sexualities and genders”.
Andrew Beckett, the head of the UK’s only LGBT+ dedicated theatre, has announced Diana Son’s Stop Kiss as his first programmed show, which will be fronted by an all-female creative team. The play tells the story of a young lesbian couple who are viciously attacked after sharing their first kiss.
Beckett said: “We are immensely proud of all the fantastic shows that Above the Stag has programmed over the last eleven years. But equally, we’re excited to begin to take our programming in a slightly new direction, further welcoming and showcasing the creative talents of all marginalised sexualities and genders and reaffirm our Vauxhall home as a safe space for all to enjoy.”
Stop Kiss is directed by Rafaella Marcus.
Producer Kylie Vilcins said: “I am honoured to be working with Above the Stag Theatre, embracing and implementing their new artistic vision and commitment to exploring the stories of the LGBT+ community.
Stop Kiss is a play I have long wanted to produce and right now, unfortunately in light of the recently publicised homophobic attacks on women, feels like an extremely relevant and pertinent time to do so.”
The show opens on November 6 and runs until December 1, with a press night on November 8 in the studio.
Casting is yet to be announced.