Sixteen performances of the play will take place between the 15th to the 25th April.
The world premiere of this new one man play, written and performed by Jack Holden, is set to take place in April.
Directed by Bronagh Lagan, this new play will bring to life 1980’s Soho and is a celebration of queer culture; a kaleidoscopic musical and spoken word tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis.
Filmed at Shoreditch Town Hall, it will feature an uplifting 80s electronic soundtrack performed live by John Elliott.
Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth. When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he’s told he’ll have four years to live – at most. While he makes the most of these years, his hedonistic lifestyle takes over. On the final night, Michael wants to go out in style, but then… he survives. Now with more years to live, Michael reflects on previous decisions, working out how he wants to continue living with purpose.
Talking about the play, Jack Holden said: “Cruise is based on a true story I was told while I was a volunteer for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service. I was in a weird, unstable, self-destructive part of my early 20s. This story, among others, taught me my gay history, put my life into perspective, and helped me to grow up. The names and a lot of the events have been changed, and a hell of a lot of material has been imagined. This play is a tribute to a generation decimated by HIV and AIDs, a memorial for the old days of Soho, a celebration of electronic music, and an excuse to dance.”
The full creative team for the show includes: Jack Hextall (Videography), Nik Corrall (Designer), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design).
Cruise will be available to stream from the 15th to the 25th April through Stream.Theatre.