(Photo credit: Eitan Bernat)
(Photo credit: Eitan Bernat)

Tom Ratcliffe’s ‘Circa’ heads to London in an exploration of modern love and sexual freedom

“Most people get to be happy with one person. I don’t see why I should have it any different.”

Circa explores the blurred identity of the gay relationship in the modern age. Following the story of one man’s romantic life, we are taken through the different relationships and encounters he experiences over a period of thirty years. Joining him through the joys and pitfalls of trying to find love and fulfilment as a gay man.

In the twenty-first century, being gay is supposedly more integrated than ever. Marriage is legal, parenthood is possible and #LoveWins is trending on Twitter. The time has arrived to settle down with the man you love for a life of lasting companionship. But in a world where sex is readily available, and with a history of sexual freedom; what does it mean to be in a gay relationship in the modern age? And why are so many gay men still lonely?

Circa, playing at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre from March 5th to 30th, aims to question what modern love and sexual freedom really mean today and whether things are really as integrated as we think.

“The play has become even more topical over the past two years”

After premiering at the Theatre de Meervaart, Amsterdam in 2016, Tom Ratcliffe’s debut play, in a co-production with work. Theatre and Harlow Playhouse, makes its return to London. Circa promises to touch on a range of issues head-on in an increasingly deep and fascinating exploration.

(Photo credit: Eitan Bernat)
(Photo credit: Eitan Bernat)

Writer Tom Ratcliffe says: “I can’t wait to be bringing Circa back this year for a longer run in London and then to Harlow. The play has become even more topical over the past two years and loneliness amongst the gay community is something that needs to be spoken about.

“I think there’s something for everyone to take away from this play as the striving for contentment in romantic relationships is universal. The play has developed over the past two years and it’s something I cannot wait to share with everyone.”

Circa is directed by Andrew Twyman and designed by Luke W Robson.

Circa runs from 5th – 30th March at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, EC1V 4NJ.

Tickets are available, priced from £12, from www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk. You can also book tickets by ringing 0333 012 4963.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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