Same-sex real-life ‘OPEN’ marriage arrives at VAULT festival

A frank, refreshing romance that explores a real-life open marriage premieres this week at the VAULT Festival.

Chris and Tim are married, but like 40 per cent of gay couples, they’re in an open relationship. Switching between verbatim, storytelling and real-life comedy-drama, Chris and Tim invite you under the covers for an intimate exploration of their love, jealousy and desire for one another… and many, many others.

Drawing on Grindr chats, private emails, and interviews with current and former lovers, Open is an up-close and personal modern day romance, for anyone curious enough to find out.

Open by upcoming playwright Christopher Adams and his husband, actor Timothy Allsop has been selected for inclusion in Plays from Vault 4 – an anthology of the seven best plays from VAULT Festival 2019. It is the second time Chris has featured in the anthology; he is the first writer to do so.

Authors Chris and Tim say: “Given that 40-50 per cent of gay men are in open relationships, we felt there was still a lot of secrecy and shame around the issue, especially since the political agenda over the last few years has been about equal marriage.

“Open relationships have posed a threat to this political narrative. Now that we are a few years removed from that struggle we feel it’s time to speak openly about the different kinds of relationships that exist in the gay and queer community.

“What we want from writing and performing the piece is to have candid conversations with the people we’ve had relationships with and to share those with a wider audience. We hope to make talking about relationships easier for everyone—no matter what form those relationships take.“

The play is produced by LGBTQ+ theatre company, Full Disclosure. Open plays at VAULT Festival 2019 from 23 to 27 January at 7:50pm and 27 January at 4:50pm. Running time: 60 minutes.

For more information and tickets (£15.00) go to

Written by SamLuffman

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