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Preview by Paul Nelson

PATRICK Wilde, acclaimed writer of This Life and Get Real, is to direct the London premiere of his new black comedy You Couldn't Make it Up, which closely scrutinises men and the way they screw up the world.

A smash hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, the play is the follow-up to Wilde's West End hit, What's Wrong With Angry?, and the multi-award winning movie version, Get Real.

Kevin is a handsome young man who is low of self-esteem. He wants to be a singer, but in the meantime, he has to try to pay the rent - but how?

John is a model but he wants to be an actor. He'll do anything to be famous - well almost, anything.

He needs help from someone - but who? Philip is a scriptwriter. All his life he has fought for gay rights. Now he's blocked and can't write a thing. The situation gets complicated at a reunion of old school friends when a terrible secret is revealed. Philip has now found something to write about again - but dare he do it?

You Couldn't Make it Up turns the spotlight on the power-crazed world of the entertainment industry, revealing how some TV and movie executives dictate what we should watch, and consequently the way we view the world.

Amidst all this the battle for gay rights goes on …

Patrick Wilde began his writing career with the play What's Wrong With Angry? as well as the screenplay for the film version.

His TV credits include This Life, Casualty, Holby City, Sunburn, Monarch of the Glen, Peak Practice and As If.

His ground-breaking storylines for gay characters in As If led Channel 4 to receive more than 400 complaints, although the particular episode concerned showed a massage rather than the explicit sex scene viewers imagined they'd seen.

He is currently working on a new series of As If, to be transmitted in the summer.

He has been commissioned to write the screenplay of Paul Monette's award winning autobiography, Becoming a Man.

You Couldn't Make It Up, a fantasy by Patrick Wilde, Directed by the author, with Music by Stephen Butler and Julian Butler, and Lyrics by Julian Butler. Presented by The Wild Justice Company at The New End Theatre, 27 New End, Hampstead NW3 from Tuesday, May 20 to Saturday, June 21 Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm. Tickets 020 7794 0022

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