Acclaimed theatre artistic director and writer Gene David Kirk writes about his battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in his powerful new play Yesterday’s Tomorrow.
The compelling drama about two servicemen and their love during wartime, sees Gene, the new artistic director of the Drayton Arms Theatre, South Kensington, writing for the first time about the wartime horrors he witnessed first hand during 14 years in the RAF.
Gene is the former artistic director at Jermyn Street Theatre. Under his tenure the London venue significantly increased the number of in-house productions it staged.
It was also recognised by The Stage as Fringe Theatre of the Year at the Stage 100 Awards.
Gene suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – the theme of the piece – and he is now, through his play, wanting to be open about his depressions, a breakdown and losing friends because of it.
He decided to write this piece partly as therapy and partly to put his head above the parapet and talk openly about the subject.
Coming to the end of their peacekeeping tour of duty, Ian and John grow desperate to realise their unlawful and unacceptable feelings for each other.
Closeted and cloistered, they carry out their duty as professional and proud servicemen in the knowledge that this is their last tour. Their final duty and an end to a secret.
Yesterday’s Tomorrow runs from May 6–May 31 at the Drayton Arms Theatre, Old Brompton Road, South Kensington.
Note: strong imagery and language. 16+