Andrew Keates is directing and developing a new version of Blowing Whistles by Matthew Todd. The reading will take place at the Criterion Theatre on 19th October 2017 from 1pm – 3pm and will be performed by Dino Fetscher, Rufus Hound and Paul Keating.
About Blowing Whistles
Blowing Whistles is a two-act theatrical play written by Matthew Todd, the former editor of the UK’s best selling gay magazine Attitude. It centers on gay culture and the difficulties it presents gay men. It had a first run in June 2005 at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon. Following this it was performed at the Sound Theatre, Leicester Square in 2006, and has since seen productions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fire Island (New York), Boston, Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.
It returned to London transferring to the Leicester Square Theatre in 2008. It received overwhelmingly positive notices from such diverse publications as the gay press through to the right wing Spectator. The London Evening Standardcompared it to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and The Stage compared it to the work of Larry Kramer.
The play was also performed at the Manchester Pride Fringe Festival 2011 by local Manchester theatre company Laced Banana to rave reviews.
Blowing Whistles follows three gay men, two in a relationship and one whom the couple meet through the gay on-line dating app Grindr. Some issues the characters go through include commitment, immaturity, gay relationships, drug abuse and sexual identity. The play is widely recognised as giving the illusion of being a light gay comedy in the first act before taking a darker, powerful turn in the second.
For more information and to attend the reading, please contact Olivia Loveridge: Orloveridge@gmail.com