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Casting announced for PROUD – A Queer Love Story at King’s Head Theater

The cast has been announced for the powerful new drama PROUD, by Bren Gosling (Moment of Grace, The Actors Center; Invisible Me, Studio at New Wimbledon Theater). This moving story of conflict and connection addresses themes of race, trauma, religion and sexuality. Double Telling’s PROUD production brings together the talents of Taofique Folarin (Le Roi Lion, Théâtre Lyceum; Norma Jean is Dead, Above the Stag; Safe, Hackney Empire), Andrei Maniata (The White Devil, Tristan Bates Theater; Children of Killers, Orange tree theater; [BLANK], National Theater) and Kaine Hatukai (The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Greenwich Theater; The Wind in The Willows, Derby Theater; Robin Hood, Liverpool Everyman).

PROUD revolves around three complex characters. After the death of his Pentecostal mother, Roland is released to live openly as a homosexual. He moves from Brixton to Walthamstow, where he suddenly falls in love with Amir, a much younger refugee with a war-torn past. Their magnetic connection, however, is tested by Amir’s PTSD, his inability to identify as gay, and Roland’s strained relationship with his teenage son, Gary. What binds these characters together is the desire to know and understand each other as they struggle to come to terms with their own identity.

In February, PROUD will star in a bold and compelling production by director Marlie Haco (Lovesick, Hope Theater; Chinese Boxing, Playground Theater; Words Without Consent, Southwark Playhouse).

Director Marlie Haco comments, PROUD has been in the works for a long time, but the play now feels more relevant than ever, offering a glimpse into the emotional lives of those oppressed by the forces of war, white supremacy and homophobia. In making PROUD, I hope to reveal both the light and the dark of the protagonists’ experience – the joy that can be found in relationships, alongside the pain carried within. For me, it’s a story of how the desire for connection can overcome the debilitating effects of our past and spur us on to discover hidden parts of each other.

Adapted by Gosling from his own award-winning novel, The Street Sweeper, the play won an ATG call in 2021 and was listed at length for the Papatango & Radius Playwriting Awards in 2020.

The performances take place from February 22 to March 12, 2022.

Tickets are on sale from £ 10 – £ 22.50 and can be purchased online at https://kingsheadtheater.com/whats-on/proud or by contacting the box office on 0207 226 8561 or boxoffice @ kingsheadtheater. com