The Act

Trafalgar Studios – West End
25 February - 29 March 2014

8 – 26 October 2013

Counterculture commission
29 January – 2 Feb 2013

Cast and Creative
Written by Thomas Hescott and Matthew Baldwin
Directed by Thomas Hescott
Performed by Matthew Baldwin
Illustrator Gavin Dobson
Lighting Garry Bowman (Trafalgar Studios) Ed Locke (Ovalhouse)
Sound Rob Donnelly Jackson

Production Photographer Robert Workman

Nominated for Most Promising Playwright Off West End Awards

“This age of laissez-faire and equal marriage, with its troubling counter-current of fundamentalist repression, seems to fuel a dramatic need to look back at that period when sexual rebellion boiled and seethed, cracking the skin of postwar respectability… Sensitive and Truthful”
**** Libby Purves

“I imagine everyone who has ever had room in their adolescent and, perhaps, more vulnerable adult heart, will enjoy such a brilliantly delivered piece.”
A Younger Theatre

“The brilliance of The Act is that, even though it is a political satire, at its core it is far more personal. It is a funny, realistic and moving exploration of what it is like to live in fear of what you are and who you love. It is not only an extremely enjoyable play, but also a highly important one”.
*****The Upcoming

“It is a rarity to see something with such a clear historical placement feel so current and alive, and – more to the point – it is rare to find a show of this sort that is such an utter joy to experience”.
*****What’s Peen Seen

“Matthew Baldwin is captivating for the duration on the show…He pulls it all off with humour, sensitivity and pathos and manages to illuminate a past era in society that is all too easy to forget in the current permissive climate”.
**** Everything Theatre

1967. In Westminster the men in suits are putting the finishing touches to the freedoms we take for granted. In Soho, the men in bars are putting the finishing touches to their hairdos. Caught between these worlds is Matthews, a civil servant with a big heart and a big secret.

Sex and politics collide in The Act, a groundbreaking cabaret-style production comprised of personal anecdotes, verbatim House of Commons speeches and song in a captivating tour-de-force performance by Matthew Baldwin.