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A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans, starring the leg-endary Lavinia Co-op, David Meyer and Nathanael Campbell. This bittersweet comedy with an opulent operatic soundtrack is staged site-specifically at the RVT as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival then travels to the Marlborough in Brighton.
A veteran of Gay Lib and no stranger to conflict, Joan dons battle dress with relish, seeking an ally in the young, gay but disappointingly conventional care assistant Craig for his attempt to overturn the heteronormativity of the care system. Then, in this most unlikely of settings, Joan is offered love by a gentleman called Jim…
‘Lavinia Co-op was perfect as Joan. It felt as if he had literally walked off the street and into the show. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished production: I confidently predict a crying audience, standing ovations and excellent reviews for what is a really beautiful and emotional story with a strong message that comes straight from the heart.’ LondonTheatre1, on a reading of SwanSong in the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Festival ‘17
Photograph of Lavinia Co-op © Justin David