PRODUCTION

Writer Philip Osment
Director Philip Wilson

CHARACTERS

Martin/Stephen/Prospero
Selwyn/Dave
Jody/Mme Irina/Debbie/Wayne
Marianne/Maggie/Miranda
Miss Rosenblum/Vladimir
Mark/The Director/Frank
Luke

CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED

THIS ISLAND’S MINE

KING’S HEAD THEATRE

Wed 15 May - Sat 8 June 2019

1987. Thatcher’s Britain.

17-year-old Luke runs away to London – away from homophobic playground slurs, headlines that scream ‘Don’t Teach Our Children To Be Gay’ and a family who wouldn’t understand him – to Uncle Martin, who he once saw with his arms around another man at a march.

In the capital, Mark is sacked because of fears about colleagues working with ‘someone like him’. His boyfriend, Selwyn, faces being beaten up both by the police and at home by his own brother. Meanwhile, Debbie battles with her son, who doesn’t want to live with her and her girlfriend. And retired piano teacher Miss Rosenblum – who once found refuge in this country from a terror that swept away half her family in 1930s Vienna – has seen this sort of hatred and fear before.

Soon, these individual stories – of first loves and old flames, alliances and abandonment, missed opportunities and new chances – begin to intertwine, to paint a vivid picture of Eighties Britain and the collective experience of those who are made to feel ‘outsiders’.

This Island’s Mine was originally performed by Gay Sweatshop in 1988. Now, three decades after the introduction of Section 28 banning positive representations of homosexuality, Philip Osment’s passionate and lyrical play, of outsiders, exiles and refugees, is all too resonant.

 


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REHEARSED READING

On the afternoon of Wednesday 1st February 2017 at the Park Theatre, London we presented a rehearsed reading of This Island's Mine to an invited audience. The reading was directed by Philip Wilson and presented by a cast of 7 actors:

Martin/Stephen/Prospero Michael Matus
Selwyn/Dave Corey Montague-Sholay
Jody/Mme Irina/Debbie/Wayne Ony Uhiara
Marianne/Maggie/Miranda Jo Herbert
Miss Rosenblum/Vladimir Jane Bertish
Mark/The Director/Frank Paul Keating
Luke David Moorst