Following his acclaimed residency at the King’s Head Theatre in summer 2022, Mark Farrelly (Howerd’s End) returns with his double bill of solo masterpieces Jarman and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope at Wilton’s Music Hall this March.
The shows take inspiration from the lives of well-known arts icons Derek Jarman and Quentin Crisp, who refused to conform to the status quo. Jarman and Crisp were unapologetically brilliant, and always remained true to themselves throughout eras of discrimination, inspiring huge numbers of people, and future LGBTQ+ generations.
Jarman is a vibrant solo show directed by renowned cabaret performer Sarah-Louise Young. The play is a daring reminder of the courage it takes to truly live while you’re alive, taking audiences on a journey from Dungeness to deepest, brightest Soho and into the heart of one of our most iconoclastic artists.
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope is a glorious, witty and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself. It is directed by EastEnders star, Linda Marlowe, well known for her 25-year collaboaration with Steven Berkoff.
Mark Farrelly comments, Playing these two legends has been the challenge of my acting lifetime, and the chance to perform their stories in tandem at Wilton’s Music Hall, inarguably one of the most atmospheric venues in the country, is utterly thrilling. It’s an absolute privilege to bring both men’s message of hope and courage to a world which seems to need it more than ever.
Jarman is at Wilton’s Music Hall 7th – 10th March 2023 and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope is as Wilton’s Music Hall 8th and 11th March 2023.