''The Bruises they will fade away, you hit so hard with the things you say.''
Two Gay Males, early thirties.
One Professional, one Writer.
Love and Lust,
Hedonism and passion,
The domestic cycle of their lives.
The usual merry go round of nitpicking, arguing, the making up.
Begging the question, what exactly is love?
And how far would you go to push it?
24th and 25th Feb
£8.00. £6.50 concession.
(The Cubstars (Gay Man Band), Something like a Fairy Tale, For the Best, Ideal, Beyond the Front Line)
(The Last Eden, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Farmaggedon)
Written and Directed by John Maguire
(Heart, Mrs.Bojangles, Mexico)
All images Matt Ford.
Music For Bruise composed by David and Jenny Whittaker.
Bruise = ‘A definition to bruise; to hurt, to pound…. To mark’
The play is set to be an intimate force that allows an insight into not only the physical aspects of gay domestic abuse, but the psychological, the brutal all-encompassing aspects…
Yes I walked in to a door, it didn’t hurt much.
The play breaks down assumptive attitudes, making the audience play its part in the drama.
The play investigates the taboo subject of Gay Domestic Violence, a subject area often shied away from.
Gay domestic abuse needs to be not mumbled, or so nauseatingly ‘generally accepted’, but understood, incorporated, aided.
Bruise is brilliantly clever in the intimacy of the message, something so private, so complex, so misunderstood, it reveals the secrecy behind the act.
It is an intertwining of improvisation and poetic rhythm that beats out a punishing point.