First Look at….Cruise

Jack Holden’s play is being streamed online before heading to the West End’s Duchess Theatre for a run.

(c)Jack Hextall

Streaming from the 15th to the 25th April, new images have now been released for Jack Holden’s one man play in which he also stars.

Directed by Bronagh Lagan, this filmed version of the production will be streaming ahead of the live performances taking place at the Duchess Theatre from the 18th May until the 13th June.

(c) Jack Hextall.

Featuring live music and spoken word, Cruise brings to life 1980’s Soho, this one-man show is a celebration of queer culture; a kaleidoscopic musical and spoken word tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis.

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.

(c) Jack Hextall.

The play is based on a true story that Jack Holden was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service and is set to shine a new light on a generation devastated by HIV and AIDs.

As well as being directed by Bronagh Lagan, the creative team for the production is set to include:  John Elliott (Music and Sound Design),Jack Hextall (Camera and Editor), Nik Corrall (Designer), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design).

Cruise will play at the Duchess Theatre from the 18th May until the 13th June. It will be streamed via Stream.Theatre from the 15th to the 25th April.

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