Following on from the recent production of The HIV Monologues I was very keen to find out if Mr Patrick Cash, the author of HIV Monologues had maintained the style and standard with this play and the answer a resounding yes! a total affirmative. This is amore hard-hitting play and the description of the sexual act a little more graphic but this fits in with the tone of the piece it is not out of place, As with the previous play , 3 of the cast are the same actors and it is important to state that with Kane Surry, Denholm Spurr and Charly Flyte their respective grasp of Mr Cashs script and the rhythm of the delivery shows a wonderful instinctive allegiance to the material. Of the four set pieces its Mr Spurr who shines. His ability to convey emotion and at times incredible deep makes for avid watching, Cash has brought to our attention this time around the pitfalls, consequences and health risks attached to sexual promiscuity and the inevitable repercussions, this is a statement piece and as was the case with The HIV Monologues he links the stories to a greater effect with CHEM Sex. A special mention has to to go to Mr Matthew Hodson who plays health worker Daniel, The comedy element he brings to the play is superb and with it also comes an education, informative but not preachy.
This is a well constructed and well written play that achieves what it sets out to do touch a nerve and I sincerely hope that if Patrick Cash tackles another theme relevant to gay society he offers the same treatment .
He has hit on a formulae that is both poignant and provocative and makes for very entertaining theatre .
4 STARS. Runs to the 9th April , Kings Head Theatre Upper St