The world premiere of Simon Blow's fiercely witty and bittersweet new drama, based on the true story of his relationship with his great uncle and brightest of the bright young things, Stephen Tennant.
Past and present are one in the sleeping manor house where Uncle Napier lives in an eternal doze. Upper-class boy Joshua has sought out his great-uncle, long taken to his bed and drifting in memories of his glowing adolescence. Joshua is having his own roaring twenties with new builder boyfriend Damien, but the burden of class weighs heavy over the young man, and ghosts from the past cling to him like Uncle Napier's overwhelming scent.
Uncle Napier draws both boys into his delusions that his own youth has not faded, and that a muscular sailor will give this Sleeping Beauty the reviving kiss. Thus Uncle Napier drifts in reverie. Until the two boys and Uncle Napier are sharply awakened by visits from Joshua’s rich Cousin Patrick. But what sinister thoughts lie behind Patrick’s tight-lipped comments? What exactly is he seeking?
The Past Is A Tattooed Sailor is a unique excursion into a lost world of sparkling aphorism and gloriously eccentric characters.
Over 14s only. Valid ID may be required. No latecomers will be admitted.
Old Red Lion Theatre, Angel
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