9 August 2023
Lenny - Work-In-Progress
Work-in-progress sharing - a very queer snapshot of going through your adolescence, but as a fully grown adult
“Carly always says the world would spin faster without men, but then she would have
to live without me.”
Lenny and Carly are best mates. Lenny is big. Carly is small. Lenny is male. Carly is everything. Lenny wants love. Carly wants control.
Lenny is a snapshot of going through your adolescence, but as a fully grown adult. Wrestling with their insides not matching their outsides, they can't quite grip onto the love that they think they want until Lenny meets Banana Boy, and Lenny has to navigate this new found relationship without hurting anyone else. Nights out go wrong and Lenny and Carly's friendship is tested to its limit as they grapple with how to break away from the toxicity of male desire, both internally and externally.
Featuring talking bananas and epic dancefloor hiccups, Lenny and Carly's story is a voice to how queer people often see the world. The joy, excitement, loneliness and frustrations of being outside of heteronormative norms, and also navigating unhelpful stereotypes within your own community.
A work-in-progress sharing
Alfie Webster (he/him) is a queer writer, poet and actor from South East London. He trained as an actor at RADA, and has performed at the Park Theatre, Above the Stag and on tour with Antic Disposition. He recently graduated from the MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and was in the 2022 cohort of the Introduction to Playwriting group at the Royal Court. ‘Lenny’ is his first full-length play.
Sarah Stacey (she/her) is a theatre director specialising in new writing. She trained on the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA (including residencies at BOVTS and the Royal & Derngate) and was a 2023 JMK finalist. Her directing work includes If. Destroyed. Still. True. at the Hope Theatre and One Kiss at the Belgrade. As an associate director her work includes Unexpected Twist (UK Tour), The Two Popes (UK Tour), and the Olivier nominated Our Lady of Kibeho (Theatre Royal Stratford East). She also works as a dramaturg with writers on plays in development, and is a reader for the Papatango and Bruntwood prizes.
Lenny is produced by Harris Albar (he/they).
Estimated running time
Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU
Strong language, References and depictions of drug use, references of sexual acts, references to sexual abuse
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