The production will run at the Vauxhall based theatre from the 6th November until the 1st December.

Produced in collaboration with theatre maker and LGBT rights advocate Kylie Vilcins and directed by rising talent Rafaella Marcus, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss is the first play to be programmed under the direction of the venue’s new Artistic Director Andrew Beckett.

Stop Kiss follows the story of a young couple, Sarah and Callie, who are viciously attacked after sharing their first kiss. The attack leaves Sara horribly injured and in a coma; which becomes the crux of the play. Written in 1998 by Diana Son, the play explores relationships and the depth of human emotion and compassion.

The announcement of the programming of Stop Kiss combined with its female-fronted creative team, comes as part of a decisive move to position Above The Stag as more inclusive for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.

Talking about the news Andrew Beckett said: “we are immensely proud of all the fantastic shows that Above The Stag have programmed over the last eleven years. But equally, we’re excited to begin to take our programming in a slightly new direction, further welcoming and showcasing the creative talents of all marginalised sexualities and genders and reaffirm our Vauxhall home as a safe space for all to enjoy.”

Stop Kiss will play at Above the Stag from the 6th November until the 1st December.