This new play has been written by James Cole and will be streaming online on the 17th January to help raise funds for the LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt.

(c)James Pemberton

Following on from its staged reading in London’s Old Red Lion Theatre in January 2020, James Cole’s play will make its livestream debut on the 17th January.

Written and directed by James Cole, the production is set to star Jack Matthew (Book of Actions; The Wolf of Wall Street immersive theatre), Kim Tatum (Killer Tongue; Stud Life; Cold Feet; Eastenders), Harry Edwin (Albion in Flames; Daisy Pulls It Off), Neil Summerville (Boys on Film) and Lewis Allcock (The Good Scout, Edinburgh and London transfer).

Star Man tells the story of a young man, Ben (Jack Matthew), battling to overcome the hold of a drug addiction, while a ghost from his past seeks to destroy his future. As his partner Tony (Harry Edwin) and estranged mother Dionne (Kim Tatum) desperately try to help Ben, fearless drag queen and tour-de-force Kennedy Carmichael (Neil Summerville) forces the troubled family to confront unsaid truths and heal the wounds of the past.

This online streamed production of the play is taking place to help raise funds for akt, formerly known as the Albert Kennedy Trust. As a charity tackling LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, akt saw a substantial spike in young people seeking help, as national lockdowns increased the numbers of those fleeing dangerous domestic situations, facing unemployment, rent arrears and financial instability. 50% of the profits from Star Man will go to akt to fund their critical work.

Talking about the production James Cole said: “During this incredibly difficult time for the arts, we are delighted to be able to stream this special digital edition of Star Man for online audiences, while raising critical funds for akt. With a cast of truly stellar talent, Star Man is an exciting evening of live theatre brought to your very own home.”

Star Man will be streamed online on the 17th January at 5.30pm. Tickets can be bought here.


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