Sex/Crime

Directed by Robert Chevara.

Starring Jonny Woo and Alexis Gregory.

The Glory / Soho Theatre.

A dark comic queer thriller.

"Everything else is tumbling down..

…falling apart.

But not you and me.

You and me are going to hold tight.

You and me are just right"

In a fractured and divided city, two gay men; ‘A’ and ‘B’, meet to recreate the killings of a famous gay serial killer; for their own pleasure…and for the right price.

‘Sex/Crime’ is a play that explores sex, violence, language, fear, drugs, status, fantasy, desire and queerness.

Co-starring legendary alternative drag artist Johnny Woo in a rare acting role.

 

2017

The Glory, alternative East-End queer venue.

Two workshop performances.

 

2018

The Glory.

A three week sell-out run, transforming the venue’s basement into a pop-up immersive performance space.

I curated and hosted a series of post-show talks exploring the plays themes, with guests including David Stuart (56 Dean Street), Stephen Morris (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service), Campbell X (filmmaker) and Patrick Cash (playwright).

Arts Council England funded.

 

2020

Soho Theatre.

A two week sell-out run.

I hosted two post-show platform events with David Stuart and Stephen Morris.

Arts Council England funded.

 

The ‘Sex/Crime’ play text is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Flagged as a top pick by Time Out, Evening Standard and Attitude magazine.

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‘Sex/Crime’ reviews include:

 

‘Alexis Gregory and Jonny Woo deliver gripping performances…an obvious connection between the two keeps the viewer at the edge of their seat…a disturbing and violent exploration of what it means to be loved’

Attitude

 

‘Jonny Woo and Alexis Gregory - excellent’.

i-D

 

'London’s most startling and original new play’.

QX

 

‘Gregory’s writing has the poetic boldness of a Jacobean drama….Chevara’s production gives it a stylisation that makes it easily watchable…a compelling piece of theatre that touches on a whole range of issues’.

British Theatre Guide

 

★★★★★ ‘Articulate, lethal sense of comic timing......Chevera’s direction taps into the violence…Gregory brings energy and an intimate understanding to the role…Woo; exceptional’.

The Stage

 

★★★★★ ‘Skilfully presents an uncompromising examination of the darker side of modern queer sexuality…sharp precise script…crisp, lean direction from Robert Chevara’.

Queer Guru

 

★★★★★ ‘Sharp, darkly entertaining…pulses with a bruising sexuality…the actors handle difficult moments with ferocious commitment…a terrific, hard-hitting new play performed with exceptional power and directed with flair. Go!’

Plays To See

 

★★★★ ‘So fierce in its delivery, so crafted and different…the pulse of the piece is fierce…Woo is a convincing monster…Gregory’s performance is a tour-de-force…Chevara directs with devious glee…queer, sexy, thrilling…a thought-provoking and disturbing rush through the ghost train of today’.

Entertainment Focus

 

★★★★ ‘The writing possesses a beautiful rhythmic lyricism…the text is shocking but at the same time feels realistic…Gregory’s exudes energy…Woo is just as brilliant…dark, mysterious, sexy, engaging, genuinely unique’.

Broadwayworld

 

★★★★ ‘Startlingly original…both Gregory and Woo deliver fantastic performances…directed by Chevara; movement is precise, pointed and poised…Mike Robertson’s lighting design reinvents the space over and over…this audience was in bits and hung on every moment’.

The Spy In The Stalls

 

★★★★ 'Sex/Crime' is a tour-de-force...there is no denying the chemistry between Gregory and Woo…both are electric presences, merging and standing ground against each other instead of clashing…the true masterpiece is Gregory’s writing’.

Miro

 

★★★★ ‘Anarchic and bold…Chevara directs with a deeply satisfying rhythm and pace…an assured piece of writing…poses provocative and unexpected questions…keeps you on the edge of your seat…a metaphor for how to live in the 21st century’.

Reviews Hub

 

★★★★ ‘A dark dash through the underbelly of a city…the writing is sharp, quick-witted and fast…disturbing and funny’.

The Queer Review

 

★★★★ ‘Wildly funny…deeply disturbing…the characters are fascinating, the writing is ingenious…Gregory’s lyrical script sings out around the theatre…Chevara’s measured direction ensures that the brutality is evident’

Theatre Weekly

 

★★★★ ‘Highly satirical and funny…both performers are sassy, sexy and enigmatic…powerfully comic…another strong LGBTQ production at Soho Theatre’

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Credits:

Written by Alexis Gregory.

Directed by Robert Chevara.

Cast:

‘A’: Jonny Woo.

‘B’: Alexis Gregory.

Dramaturgy: Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.

Designer: Robbie Butler (The Glory) / Rocco Venna (Soho Theatre)

Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson.

Assistant producer, stage manager (The Glory) and social media marketing: Reuben Cook.

Stage manager (Soho Theatre): Marie Costa.

PR:

Kevin Wilson Public Relations.

Jack Cullen.

Photography:

The Glory poster: Truls Myklevik

Soho Theatre poster: Matt Spike.

Production photography: Jane Hobson / Matt Spike.

Cast polaroids: Cathal O’Brien.

Cast portraits: Steve Kraitt / Charles Moriarty.

The Glory poster design: Lee Baxter.

Trailer: Mann Bros. Media.

Produced by Alexis Gregory (The Glory and Soho Theatre).

Additional production (Soho Theatre): Emmerson and Ward.

 

Soho Theatre production supported by 56 Dean Street / Scruff.

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