The much-acclaimed solo play 'Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope' which debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival and has since played extensively in London and Off-Broadway is coming to Richmond on Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm.
With erratic vowels and purple toupee, Mark Farrelly’s embodiment of the twentieth century’s most defiant homosexual is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself.
From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety after the 1975 TV adaptation of his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the powerful philosophy that evolved from those experiences inspire to the present day.
Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two distinct phases of his extraordinary life. Firstly, in the late 1960s in his filthy Chelsea flat (“Don’t lose your nerve: after the first four years the dirt won’t get any worse”). Here Quentin surveys a lifetime of degradation and rejection.
The second part of the play transitions the audience to New York in the 1990s. Here a much older Quentin, finally embraced by society, regales the audience with his sharply-observed, hard-earned philosophy on how to have a lifestyle: “Life will be more difficult if you try to become yourself. But avoiding this difficulty renders life meaningless. So discover who you are. And be it. Like mad!”
Tickets costing from £11 to £16 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
There is an age recommendation of 12 years +
**** “An uncanny feat of resurrection…Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total” Time Out
"A sensational performance" Theatrescene.net, New York