Theatre

Making Porn at Above The Stag: Gala Night review by Stephen Vowles 

Written by Ronnie Larsen and directed with a very distinctive style by Andrew Beckett, Making Porn is a hilarious look at the 1980’s gay porn industry and pulls on your heartstrings, especially in the second act, with the realisation of what was happening to the gay community and to the actors in the gay porn industry as AIDS took its deadly hold.

Through the splendid cast headed by Sam Godchild as Jack, Tanisha Spring as Linda, Shakil Hussain as Arthur, Lucas Livesey as Jamie, William Bull as Ricky and Alexander Hulme as Ray, we are told the story of young Ricky who decides to do porn to put himself through college and Jack, a failed actor, driven on by the persistence of his wife to do porn as he was not getting anywhere as a straight actor.

Supported by very strong visuals LED screen, mood lighting and the very clever use of the colour blue, Making Porn is a well acted ensemble piece. Punchy, very informative of San Francisco in the early 1980s, and looks at the issues of having or not having morals in great detail. 

There are sections in the play that are gloriously cheesy but that adds to the atmosphere of the play and where comparisons are made between real life and fantasy, the play’s content is strengthened.

Throughly enjoyable, this buoyant summer comedy is exuberant, witty, full of tenderness and as part of the current programme showing at the Above The Stag Theatre, a fabulous addition.

Photos by PBGStudios

****

Making Porn runs to Sunday 8 September in the Studio Space, Above The Stag, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall SE1 7TP. Box office abovethestag.ticketsolve.com

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