Tough Nut Theatre, consisting of theatre-makers George Lacey and Richard Seaman, bring their production 'GuyMart' to Waterloo East Theatre this November. After a successful London debut at the King's Head Theatre this summer, Tough Nut Theatre are inviting theatre fans to check-out (get it?!) a little 'GuyMart' by putting some tickets into their basket. We took the opportunity to speak to George and Richard to tell us a little more about this exciting production.
Q) Before we begin, can you tell us a little bit about ‘GuyMart’?
GuyMart imagines gay hook up apps as a supermarket where men go to find their next sexual partner. It follows young and single Matt as he discovers this strange world for the first time, joining the stock in hope of finding the perfect man. However all is not as it seems, and Matt soon finds himself lost in the aisles. It's a fresh look at the effects of gay hook up culture, especially on young, vulnerable gay men.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I've often thought that these dating apps are like browsing in a shop, which is how the supermarket setting came about. Also, I absolutely love supermarket sweep, which is such a fun TV show, it's wild and fast pace nature something I really wanted to capture. I've also drawn from my own personal experiences of these apps, and how they have impacted me. I found that, by talking to over queer men, these effects and feelings derived from using these apps are sometimes similar, so I felt it important to shed light onto them for everyone to see.
Q) You recently had a short run at King’s Head Theatre, how did that go?
Richard and I had the best time putting our show on in London for the first time. We were so proud of everything we achieved in such a short time of rehearsal, and are so grateful to the wonderful cast we worked with. We were desperate to do it all over again as soon as the shows ended, and here we are about to have a ten night run!
Q) Has the production changed slightly since its run at the King’s Head Theatre, or were you overall happy with audience’s reactions?
We were absolutely thrilled with how the show was received and can't wait for more people to see it. For this upcoming run, we've got some additions to our set, but most excitingly, a new cast member, and we can't wait to see what they bring to GuyMart!
Q) What can audiences expect from this musical?
Audiences can expect a musical filled with fast paced story telling, toe tapping songs and plenty of laughs, with an underlying darkness waiting to be discovered.
Q) What are you hoping for with regards to the future of ‘GuyMart’?
We'd love to tour GuyMart around other major UK cities.. and maybe one day, hit up New York!
GuyMart runs at Waterloo East Theatre from the 2nd November until 12th November. For more information and tickets, you can follow the link here.