Arts London Preview

Preview: The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles


LONDON – This November, the Bread and Roses Theatre presents the 2017 winner of the annual Bread & Roses Playwriting Award – Phil Charles’ stage debut The Black Eye Club. Charles himself is no stranger to writing, having written for TV series such as Shameless and Doctors, and the former homeless support worker and advertising copywriter was inspired to write the play after witnessing cuts to council budgets and the subsequent impact on services for those affected by domestic abuse, with many refuges forced to shut down or taken over by non-specialist providers.

In The Black Eye Club, a gay man flees from an abusive relationship to seek solace at a women-only refuge, only to be turned away. When a resident sneaks him into her room, the initial clash between the two gives way to mutual understanding as the two bond over their shared traumatic experiences. But how long can he hide before he’s found out by the security guard, and will they be able to draw strength from each other to leave their violent partners once and for all?

The Black Eye Club will premiere on 1st November as part of The Bread and Roses Theatre’s 3rd anniversary. Directed by artistic director Tessa Hart, and starring Christopher Sherwood, Rebecca Pryle and Cathryn Sherman, the play promises to shed a hopeful light on the often neglected subject of the taboo of same-sex domestic abuse and the extreme difficulties in escaping such a relationship.

The Black Eye Club plays from 1st to 18th November at The Bread and Roses Theatre, London. Tickets available here

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