Tell Me Straight at the King’s Head Theatre: Press night review by Stephen Vowles

One act plays can be tricky to pull off as they have to grab the audience’s attention immediately and Tell Me Straight by Paul Bradshaw – who also takes a part in his own play along with young and very talented actor George Greenland who plays multiple roles – this is achieved with ease.

Both actors give assertive and assured performances playing out Bradshaw’s very chatty script which is totally captivating. This dramatic project has a relevant vibe that tells us about teen anxiety, sexual awakening, the curse of social media, the dangers of dating, the pros and cons of even trying to have a relationship. 

Supported by Stephanie Levi-John who provides a voice-over of an unseen character called Dani. This serves as a good plot device to move the story along as she expresses her opinion on the guys that Bradshaw’s character meets and his subsequent actions.

Bradshaw is a wordsmith and he peppers the dialogue with well placed and timely comedy moments giving it a certain edge; especially when he addresses the audience via various monologues. 

These two actors are a totally talented duo who tell a tender story about being a gay man where if you learn to differentiate between having just sex and being made love to, you stand a chance of being happy. 

Tell Me Straight suggests we are all attracted to types which makes for a great running gag throughout the whole play. I totally concur. Smoothly directed by Imogen Hudson-Clayton. A great play and well worth seeing.


Tell Me Straight runs to this Saturday 21st August at the King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN. Box office: 

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