Playing at the theatre from the 31st May, casting for Sarah Page’s Punts has been announced.
Jack, a young man with a learning disability, lives at home, cared for by his devoted parents. Like most men in their twenties, he has needs – his mates at the rugby club talk about nothing but getting laid, whilst Jack’s most erotic experience to date is the time he was winked at by the pretty cashier in Lloyds. Desperate for their son to not feel left out, his parents Alastair and Antonia decide that they should to bring in a professional. But Julia, the prostitute they hire, has a far more profound impact on the whole family than they could ever have imagined.
Produced by Kuleshov Theatre, who recently produced the acclaimed BU21, the cast for Jessica Edwards production will include: Graham O’Mara (BU21, Trafalgar Studios/Theatre503), Florence Roberts (BU21, Trafalgar Studios/Theatre503; French Without Tears, Orange Tree Theatre), Christopher Adams ( Richard III, The Faction) and Clare Lawrence Moody (The Distance, Orange Tree Theatre) .
Drawn from Sarah Page’s interviews with sex workers, Punts is a story of love in all its complex forms as well as exploring the tensions of family love and the paradox of wanting to look after those you love while also wanting them to be free.
Director Jessica Edwards said: “It’s rare to see the stories of sometimes marginalised or excluded groups like sex workers onstage. Equally, to see a character with a learning disability with an empowered and independent sexuality is regrettably unusual. Sarah has done both with warmth, generosity and humanity.”
The production will feature designs by Amelia Jane Hankin, lighting by Dan Saggars and sound by Owen Crouch.
Punts will play at Theatre503 from the 31st May until the 24th June. For more information visit: https://theatre503.com/whats-on/punts/.