We chatted to George about starring in the upcoming revival of Paul Bradshaw’s Tell Me Straight at Chiswick Playhouse.

Hi George, for those who haven’t experienced tell me straight before what can they expect? Hi – thanks for chatting with me! ‘tell me straight’ is a really fast paced, one-act play that centres
around Him and his experiences with straight/curious guys. It’s a journey of self-discovery and is a really hilarious piece with some dark twists and turns along the way – and all of that in just over an hour – you don’t want to miss it!

How does it feel to be starring in this revival of Paul Bradshaw’s play? It’s really exciting! We did the play for the first time back in August for a six-show run and it absolutely
flew by. It felt like Paul and I had a bit of unfinished business with the characters so it’s great to be able to bring this story back to the stage for a couple of weeks.

What was it that made you want to be in this production initially? I had previously worked with Paul on his debut play ‘Two Cities’ which was a fantastic piece so when
Paul mentioned he wanted to work with me on this I was buzzing. Then when I read it I wanted to be a part of it even more – it’s bloody brilliant! During the play I have to portray 5 characters – which was challenging at first but has been such a rewarding project to be involved with.

How does it feel to be bringing tell me straight to the Chiswick Playhouse? It’s so rare that you get to revisit a piece and I’m excited to be heading to Chiswick Playhouse
because I think it’s the perfect size for the intimacy required for ‘tell me straight’. It’ll be great to bring the piece to a fresh audience too and I can’t wait to be back onstage.

Why do you feel that people should come along and see this production? It’s the perfect evening of theatre because it’s packed full of ridiculously funny, laugh out loud
moments paired with some touching, heart-warming and endearing scenes. It has been an incredibly tough time for theatre and audiences will be supporting a passionate group of creatives and have a brilliant night out too – it’s win win.

How have you found working on the production so far? Right from the first Zoom read through back in June 2020 I knew this play was something special as it
is so playful and is full of surprises. The team are all brilliant at collaborating in a way that makes myself and Paul feel safe to push ourselves as actors and most importantly have a laugh along the
way. I’m excited to get back onstage with ‘tell me straight’ and hopefully we’ll see you all there!

By Emma Clarendon

Tell Me Straight will play at the Chiswick Playhouse from the 15th to the 26th February.