AAR-Midsumma-Gavin-Roach-RunGavin Roach presents the Australian premiere of Run by Stephen Laughton at the Blustone Church Arts Space from 1 February, before playing at Gasworks Arts Park from 8 February, as part of the 2022 Midsumma Festival.

Yonni is a seventeen-year-old gay Jewish kid. His devoutly religious family is preparing for the weekly shabbat, but he can think only about his schoolmate, Adam, with whom he is infatuated.

Encompassing a world that is sometimes real, sometimes imagined – Stephen Laughton’s Run explores what it means to love, to lose, to rebel and how to grieve.

A deeply personal story about first love and infatuation that expands to interrogate the difficult intersection of religion and queerness.

Stephen Laughton is a playwright whose work includes: One Jewish Boy (Old Red Lion, London, 2018; Trafalgar Studios, West End, 2020); Run (VAULT Festival, London, 2016; The Bunker, London, 2017); Nine (part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre, 2015); and Marina Abramovic is Staring at Me (Terra Firma Theatre’s 2011–12 Boxcar Reading Series at the Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh, New York, then Cell Theatre, Manhattan).

Laughton’s work for television includes Forward (Blacklisted Films) and Black Hill (Lime Pictures). He is currently the Writer in Residence in the Astrophysics team at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

“It’s artful, honest and deeply romantic, whilst still being devastatingly in its meditations on modern anti-Semitism.” – Exeunt Magazine

Director: Gavin Roach | Performer: Ben Stuart | Sound Designer: Connor Ross | Lighting Designer: Spencer Herd

Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde Street, Footscray
Season: 1 – 5 February 2022 (8.00pm)
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Studio Theatre – Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Season: 8 – 12 February 2022 (8.45pm)
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Image: Ben Stuart – photo by Ali Choudhry