This Man Right Here is a new play which takes an unflinching look at the modern male, Hen and Chickens, 22-25 August, 9pm, as part of Camden Fringe.
If there’s a crisis of masculinity, then Adam is its poster-boy. Like other men he struggles with depression, a sense of emasculation and a porn habit, but unlike most blokes, he’s completely honest about these things.
So we hear his justifications for x-rated internet use, his tactics for getting anti-depressants from his GP and exactly what it is about fiancée Amy that really winds him up. It’s his crush on Amy’s little sister Roman though that really gives him something worth confessing.
The younger woman piques his interest when he discovers her “sex blog” and, as he’s drawn toward her, Adam must bring his A-game of avoidance, stalling and deception to stop Amy finding out the kind of person he really is.
This Man Right Here, written by Rick Lyons and directed by Linda Miller, is a provocative play which asks whether modern men deserve our sympathy, our condemnation, or both.
“A very good play laying bare the relationships of a generation in their lack of ambition, leading to relationships based on lies and sneaky sex…” – Sara Clifford, playwright, lecturer at CSSD, reader for NWS10, Soho Theatre Paines Plough.
Rick Lyons’ work has been shown at the Hull Truck Theatre, the White Bear Theatre in London and the Rialto Theatre in Brighton. He is one of New Writing South’s NWS10: ten writers singled-out for support because of their talent.
Linda Miller’s credits include Bush Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, White Bear Theatre.
This Man Right Here stars James Groom as Adam, Jessica Preston as Amy and Emma Naomi as Roman.
James Groom trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His TV credits include Law & Order UK (ITV), Outlander (US) and Witch Hunt (Channel 5). He has appeared on stage in Simon Stephens’ Christmas, as well as at The Park Theatre, The Cockpit and the Old Vic Tunnels.
Jessica Preston is a recent graduate of ALRA and she was most recently seen in RE:act at the St James Theatre.
Emma Naomi graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama last year and her recent credits include: Mercy Lewis in The Crucible at Bristol Old Vic, Deathwatch at The Printroom and Rose, in A Harlem Story at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Tickets are £8 and are available from http://camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=533