Gaylife Magazine | Manchester



JE SUIS CHARLIE is a dark comedy about a satirical cartoonist, called Charlie, who hooks up with a young guy, Mike, who he finds on Grindr, only to discover his hook-up is a Christian fundamentalist who wants justice for Charlie’s blasphemy. We want to create stories that are uniquely queer, for queer people not just about queer people – and now, since the hetero-normalisation of the gay lifestyle, being gay has become the new normal… So, what happens now, in a post-gay world? Times are changing. It can’t help but be noticed that the gay agenda is different now. We are no longer the rare exotic creature to be looked at, as if from another world. There are certain stories our community needs to have told. And what about those of us who still want to feast with panthers? What do we have to feed our souls?


ROUGH BOY is a new Manchester-based queer arts company creating bold new work for a bold queer audience, in theatre, clothing, fine art and print. The company launched this year with an in-your-face collection of t-shirts designs, for those ‘who wear their heart on their sleeves and who they are on their chest’. And this is just the start of what ROUGH BOY are doing at the moment. Not content with launching a clothing label, they are also in the midst of casting their first production JE SUIS CHARLIE.

Writer - Nick Maynard

Nick trained at Manchester School of Theatre and has had work performed at the National Theatre, The Stephen Joseph and The Royal Exchange. He has won multiple awards for his writing and directing. In 2021 his play Quaranteen won the V International Young Theatre Play Writing Contest and is due be translated and published in Spanish by Editorial Dalya later on this year. In August 2023, Nick became the new Creative Director for Rough Boy MCR.

Director - Scott Le Crass

Scott was born in Bristol, grew up in Birmingham, trained as an actor at Arts Ed and was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme. Last year he completed the National Theatre Director’s Course. He is an Associate Director for Pleasure Dome Theatre Company and has directed all their productions to date. He was recently nominated for Best Creative West End Debut at The Stage Awards for his production of Rose by Martin Sherman, starring Maureen Lipman. This year Rose won an Off West End award for Best Solo Performance.

Dates: 28th – 30th March 2024 7.30pm with 5pm matinee on Saturday 30th March
Location: 53two, Arch 19 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP, United Kingdom

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