Samuel Adamson has observed the Southwark riverside well to give us more than two hours in and around Tooley Street and More London.
Rory Kinnear as Simon (Photo: Catherine Ashmore)
The progamme reproduces William Hogarth's early 18th-century Southwark Fair. Designer Giles Cadle has devised a clever stage set for the early 21st-century Southwark. An outline of More London turns into the warehouse restaurant by the addition an iron pillar and the riverside wall has the familiar London Brough of Southwark life belt. There is even a Pool of London Partnership rubbish bin which has an important role.
Michael Legge as Aurek and Simon Gleeson as Angus (Photo: Catherine Ashmore)
Margaret Tyzack as May (Photo: Catherine Ashmore)
Patrick, played by Con O'Neill, is chased by his angry wife Toni, played by Madeleine Potter. Rhashan Stone is the politically correct and so well-dressed Deputy Mayor who pops in and out of City Hall between sub-committee meeetings.
Whilst the play is set in the new exciting Southwark (with May even accusing Simon of never wanting to leave SE1) this is a play about gay relationships with plenty of four letter words. It raises an important and serious point about gay rape but the theme could surprise those who are drawn to the play just by the title.
Maybe Margaret Tyzack's superb May should have been given a bigger role and more time to irritate the newcomers.