When: 17th April – 5th May 2018
Where: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP
£: Tickets cost £17.50 and £15 for concessions
What is it?
The European Premiere of The Gulf – an honest representation of the challenges all relationships can endure, no matter the sexuality – will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London this month. The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly, looks at two women on a small fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico and what makes their relationship tick.
The divide between Kendra, played by Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, BBC1; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the British Shakespeare Company), and Betty, played by Anna Acton (Doctors, BBC; Emmanuelle & Dick, Royal National Theatre), mimics the very world that devours them; a vast and polarising abyss. Stranded on a boat together, they are forced to confront their differences and untangle the issues they’re faced with.
The message in society that a ‘significant other’, preferably of the opposite sex, is the answer to feeling complete and happy, is always present. Through bickering, insults, self-help books and physical and emotional game playing, the audience discover, along with Betty and Kendra, the substance to their relationship and their future together.
Originally written as a short play in 2010 as part of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival in Silver Spring, this production won the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Award. Since 2010, the production has been developed into a full-length play and won the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and was nominated for The Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play (Helen Hayes Award).
More info: www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk