115 Upper Street
Ardent Theatre Company presents
THE FIRST EVER REVIVAL OF GAY SWEATSHOP’S LANDMARK PRODUCTION
This Island’s Mine
by Philip Osment
Director and Designer Philip Wilson
1988: Thatcher’s Britain.
Seventeen-year-old Luke runs away from home – to London, and to Uncle Martin, who he once saw with his arms around another man at a march. In the city, Mark is sacked because colleagues won’t work with ‘someone like him’. His boyfriend, Selwyn, faces being beaten up both by the police and by his own stepbrother. Debbie battles with her son, who doesn’t want to live with her and her girlfriend. And Miss Rosenblum – who sought refuge here from a terror that swept away her family in 1930s Vienna – has seen this hatred and fear before.
Soon, these individual stories – of first loves and old flames, alliances and abandonment, missed opportunities and new chances – intertwine…
This Island’s Mine was originally performed by Gay Sweatshop in 1988. Now, three decades after the introduction of Section 28 banning positive representations of homosexuality, Philip Osment’s passionate and lyrical play, of outsiders, exiles and refugees, is all too resonant.