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Review: My Gay Best Friend, at Hope Theatre

Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs present a masterclass in physical acting, in important play that’s an excellent commentary on relationships

18 January, 2018 — By Elmira Tanatanova

Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs in My Gay Best Friend

LOUISE Jameson and Nigel Fairs rip your heart apart and sew it back together in the heartfelt, touching and truly hilarious My Gay Best Friend, a work written by Jameson herself.

The play focuses on two main characters, Racquell and Gavin, who spend the entire play locked in a karaoke bathroom and walk-in closet respectively. The entire story reads as one scene, despite many different flashbacks and memories being told by the characters, weaving with a seamless organic flow into the narrative, never seeming forced or awkward.

Much of the story was told with the actors simply sat down in a chair, talking to the audience. However, this is not to be mistaken for a lack of physicality or energy. Both Jameson and Fairs present a masterclass in physical acting, adding motion and movement to their characters’ natural air, quickening or slowing their strides and speech depending on the pace of the plot, and changing their body language with each other depending on the nature of the characters’ relationship at the time.

Lighting plays an important part in this, as it signals whether the place in the story is spot­lighted on one of the characters or encompasses them both. While the title focuses on Gavin’s sexuality, the play is also an excellent commentary on relationships in general, be they family, friend, or romantic, and truly strike a chord within each tale. An important play to watch at this time, commenting on sexuality, its political place in our institutions as well as our personal relationships.

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