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Yesterday’s Tomorrow - Drayton Arms Theatre

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

YESTERDAY’S Tomorrow, Gene David Kirk’s story of a serviceman’s love at war, based on actual events, receives its world premiere at the Drayton Arms Theatre, where it runs from Tuesday, May 6 to Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Coming to the end of their peacekeeping tour of duty, Ian and John grow desperate to realise their unlawful and unacceptable feelings for each other. Closeted and cloistered, they carry out their duty as professional and proud servicemen in the knowledge that this is their last tour. Their final duty. An end to a secret…

The cast includes Ben Carpenter (Rupert Goold’s Macbeth, Chichester Festival Theatre/West End/Broadway); newcomer Lewis Griffith; River Hawkins (title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Greenwich Theatre); Provence Maydew (Shaw’s Candida and The Provoked Wife, Greenwich Playhouse); Matthew Schmolle (A Midsummer Nights Dream, Southwark Playhouse); and Nicholas Waters (A Midsummer Nights Dream, Southwark Playhouse).

Yesterday’s Tomorrow is directed by Hamish MacDougall (I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays, Cock Tavern Theatre, The Upstanding Member, Old Red Lion Theatre). Movement director is Anna Morrissey.

Gene David Kirk completed 14 years’ military service in the RAF. His first play, Where & When, was staged at The Cockpit in 2001; while his second play, All Alone, received The Stage Best of the Fest and Attitude Pick of the Fringe awards at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe.

At the International Dublin Gay theatre Festival, All Alone was nominated for The Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding Achievement in New Writing for Theatre. It was then staged in London before moving to New York’s Off Broadway Soho Playhouse. It played again in London earlier this year at the Drayton Arms Theatre to sold-out performances and four-star reviews.

Kirk is currently developing a new play about human trafficking called Slagheap.

Tickets: £12 – available from the box office on 020 78352301 or online at www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/.

Time: Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm.

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes.

NB: Yesterday’s Tomorrow contains strong imagery and language and is therefore suitable for ages 16+.

Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW5 0LJ