Everything about this play is perfect. The conviction and throat grabbing attention that the script and the deliverance of it demand, the small Kings Arms theatre in which, if you are lucky enough to be in the presence of genuine talent (which I gratefully am ), you are transported into perilous horror of New York in 1983 into the homes of the tightest knit groups, into the minds of the most terrified, vulnerable and abandoned. ‘Last Dance’ is the heart clenching story of a close group of friends, ruptured by the Aids Epidemic in New York Focusing on Corey (Richard Allen, who gives an overwhelming and poignant portrait of his character) and his slow decline at the hands of the illness and at the hands of the government’s refusal to acknowledge Aids as an illness.
His friends and family struggle to cope in the wake of the fact that someone that they love so intensely is dying, and it affects them all in different and coruscatingly complex ways, Corey’s Boyfriend Peter (Ben Corry) does not know how to cope with the situation,his composure and ultimately his relationship crumbles at the hands of fear,whilst close friend Alan (Ryan McMyler) tragically fluctuates between reason, panic and desire, both Ryan and Ben’s Performances do perfect justice to the tangled and complicated yearning of their characters. Danny (Paul Worrall) and James (Lloyd Eyre-Morgan) Diligently try to maintain calm and comfort among their fraying group,with Humor and Guard Dog Loyalty and via the actors we are provided with a much-required release from the reality of the situation . Continue reading