THE BIRTHDAY, ENGAGEMENT, FUNERAL PARTY- rehearsed reading 13 May, 5.45pm

King’s Head Theatre


13 May, 5.45pm

80 min approx.
Age | 18+
Content Warnings | Strong language, sexual language, & strong reference to sexual activity.

This is a rehearsed reading of the play & will not be performed with full blocking, design or technical support.

This show is part of the Platform Festival, a season curated by Tom Ratcliffe for The Takeover.

After a successful reading of his new play, The Birthday Party, Jay Dawkins meets with producers who are keen to take him & his work to the next stage. However, when some changes are suggested to make his work more ‘relatable’ Jay has to decide whether or not to sacrifice his artistic integrity for commercial success.

Born from a dismissal of queer stories on stage & written at the time of Angels in America & The Boys in the Band revivals, The Birthday Engagement Funeral Party has been shortlisted for the Hope Mill Theatre: Through the Mill Prize; BBC Drama Room 2021 & Longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.

Writer | JD Stewart
Director | Frazer Flintham
Producer | Iona Bremner
Poster Design | Lawrence McLellan



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29 Mar 2023


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