by Richard Chilver
Is Marc safe? The answer is on a hidden video, a mobile phone recording which is about to go viral. HOLD is a tale of anxiety, isolation, paranoia and dependency. A story of two men who fall in love and become the biggest threats to one another.
A rehearsed reading of a solo work exploring coercive and controlling behaviour within a male gay relationship, HOLD will invite post-show audience feedback to assist in further development.
HOLD is being developed with support from Arts Council England.
I don’t think you know how forgiving I am to you. When you drink…you’re not the person I love anymore
You hid from me, I know that. I worry who you’re talking to
I’m already being more honest to you than people I’ve known for ten years
Your son’s gay and I’m his boyfriend. My name’s Adam by the way
I feel starved. But not of food
My mates don’t really mind. Football was invented so men didn’t have to talk to one another
About the writer
Richard trained as a playwright at The University of Portsmouth and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He co-founded Frequency Theatre, an audio theatre company which created short plays from writers across the world. He is playwright in residence of Lakeside Theatre.
His first full stage production, The Girl and The Moon, opened at the Courtyard Theatre in January 2018. Other works include a radio short for Menagerie Theatre and BBC East and two pieces have featured in Pulse Festival.
In 2016 Richard was commissioned by Essex County Council to create Surprise, a site-specific theatre performance sharing the experience of controlling and coercive behaviour. Alongside the development of HOLD, Richard is working on a new script B.B.C. about porn addiction.
Creative and Production Team:
Writer – Richard Chilver
Director – Alex Vendittelli
Dramaturg – Dominic Kelly
Script Consultant – Matthew Todd
Associate Producer – Sedef Hekimgil
Press – James Russell
Marc/Adam – Jonathan Milshaw
Suitable for 16 years and above. Contains adult themes.
Headshot image credit: Shoot Me Club. Banner image: Stefano Pollio, unsplash