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The Pride looks at prejudice

by Noel Halifax
Issue No. 2373

The Pride contrasts the lives of middle class gay men in 1958 to today. 

The same troop of four actors switch between two different tales, one set in each period.

I had expected it to be a tale of woe and angst in 1958 compared to the freedom and joy of liberation achieved today. 

But I was wrong.

It is a lot more than that, both witty and thought provoking.

The 1958 story is indeed full of angst, and puts over very well the aching desolation of gay love denied.

It has a similar feel to the films Victim or Brief Encounter.

It is done very well and the acting is excellent. 

Although the light relief provided by Mathew Horne from TV’s Gavin and Stacey does tend to clash with the other actors.

What is surprising is how the present is dealt with.

It is not shown as a time when all problems of gay lust and love have been solved. Alienation has not been overcome but transformed to another level.

The Pride
Trafalgar Studios, London
until 9 November.


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Tue 1 Oct 2013, 18:44 BST
Issue No. 2373
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