It’s the early 1960’s. Charlie and Harry are hairdressers in Brixton and have been together for 20 years. Quick humour and dreams keep them afloat but same-sex relationships are illegal and Charlie has been arrested in a pub while sitting on a man’s knee. Simmering underneath the banter and hilarious mockery, Charlie anxiously awaits a court summons and Harry has his own troubles – his hair is rapidly falling out, a disaster for a hairdresser.
Running through this laugh-out loud comedy is the sadness of those unable to live openly because the law and the public condemn them to an undercover life. Change may be in the air but, for these two, it might as well be a hundred years away. Staircase is a clarion call for a more accepting and generous society; for a world where people can be who they are in their hearts; where love is love and that love is championed in all its forms.
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Staircase is supported by the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.
Recommended for those aged 14+.
Cast & Crew
|Charlie Dyer||John Sackville|
|Harry C. Leeds||Paul Rider|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Mark Smith|
|Costume Designer||Emily Stuart|
|Lighting Designer||Neill Brinkworth|
|Production Manager||Edward Callow
(credited as uncredited)
|Production Photography||Philip Gammon|
|Set Designer||Alex Marker|
|Sound Designer||Dominic Bilkey|
|Sound Designer||Sarah Weltman|
|Stage Manager||Lucy Ventham|
- Publicity image by Jon Bradfield, Granted permission to upload to Theatricalia
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