Jordan Tannahill’s critically acclaimed drama, Late Company, opens next week at London’s Trafalgar Studios after wowing audiences at its premiere held at the Finborough Theatre.
A successful middle-class couple’s lives are irrevocably changed after their teenage son is mercilessly bullied for being gay.
In an attempt to “move on” they invite his chief tormentor, and his parents, to a dinner party.
Far from finding the peace they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.
Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company explores restorative justice, cyber bullying, and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.
Writer, Jordan Tannahill, said: “I wrote Late Company in the wake of an incident in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada that touched me deeply as a gay youth in my early twenties.
“It was a piece I intended to share with my group of friends; a means of venting anger and seeking some kind of reckoning.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would make its way to West End. It is an honour to share this production with London audiences.”
Supporting the new production is the Campaign Against Living Miserably pressure group.
CALM spokesman, Simon Gunning, said: “Late Company is a powerful play that centres around the highly difficult themes of bullying, suicide, sexuality, and family dynamics.
“These themes are insightfully handled; there is a sensitivity and awareness that does not shy away from a harsh reality.
“Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK, and those who are bereaved by suicide face a brutal journey.
“This confrontational play is beautifully cast, acted, and directed; and will certainly help to spread the word about the devastation of suicide.”
The production, directed by Michael Yale, stars Todd Boyce, David Leopold, Alex Lowe, Lucy Robinsonand Lisa Stevenson who are all reprising their roles from the Finborough.
Stage Traffic’s smash-hit production runs from August 21 – September 16.