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 gay male relationship, HOLD will invite post-show audience feedback to assist in further development.

HOLD is being developed with support from Arts Council England.

Hold was performed at Theatre503 and Lakeside Theatre, 18-23 November 2018

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

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

Production Images

Images: David Monteith-Hodge

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.

Richard Chilver

Creative and Production Team:

Writer – Richard Chilver
Director – Alex Vendittelli
Dramaturg – Dominic Kelly
Script Consultant – Matthew Todd

Producer – Sedef Hekimgil
Press – James Russell


Marc/Adam – Jonathan Milshaw

Support gratefully received from Arts Council England, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Penelope Wilton

HOLD has been developed with input and support from subject experts SaferPlaces and ManKind Initiative.

Suitable for 16 years and above. Contains adult themes.

Headshot image credit: Shoot Me Club. Banner image: Stefano Pollio, unsplash