A new production of GHBoy – inspired in part by the serial killer Stephen Port who murdered four young gay men and raped multiple others after giving them GHB – has been rescheduled to open next month at the Charing Cross Theatre after two sold out performances on 4 November, the day before the lockdown. GHBoy, by debut playwright Paul Harvard, explores misconceptions around gay party culture and promiscuity in this powerful psychological drama.
The burgeoning party scene of East London hides a dark secret: a swathe of young men dying unexpectedly, with whispers of an unnamed killer.
In the midst of all this, Robert is grieving the death of his father. He desperately wants to be a better person, but trapped in a pattern of substance abuse and infidelity, he has a lingering fear that he will never find love and acceptance.
Unexpectedly, his boyfriend Sergio proposes, compelling Robert to turn his back on addiction and self-sabotage – before he destroys this final chance at happiness.
But first, he must confront a truth buried deep within his subconscious, something he himself doesn’t yet fully understand.
This brand new piece of theatre tackles the misconceptions around gay culture and promiscuity. Something far more ominous is driving men like Robert to the point of self-destruction.
This new production of GHBoy, which stars Jimmy Essex (pictured above) as Robert, is directed by Job Pashley. It also stars Sylvester Akinrolabu, Geoff Aymer, Marc Bosch, Buffy Davis, Devesh Kishore and Aryana Ramkhalawon.