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Hard Rain - a moving depiction of LGBT experience

by Saba Shiraz
Issue No. 2394

A Hard Rain is an intimate and moving depiction of the experience of LGBT people in the run up to the Stonewall riots.

It brims with sharp, quick-witted dialogue and dynamic characters

Set in New York in 1969 the play centres around a small range of individuals who all cross paths in a mafia-run bar.

Its story unveils a corrupt society, including police, the mafia and the army, and the harassment and repression of LGBT people. 

One of the play’s most flamboyant and memorable characters is Ruby.

We follow his journey as he goes from being reckless and frustrated with his circumstances, to slowly beginning to gravitate towards LGBT groups.

Eventually he politicises himself to the extent of joining the riots. 

This heartfelt drama presents the audience with deep political undertones and flawed yet inspiring characters.

A Hard Rain by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper. Above the Stag Theatre, London, until 30 March

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Tue 11 Mar 2014, 17:36 GMT
Issue No. 2394
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