Psychodrome Present RELAX By Robert Farrar, directed by Phil Setren and designed by Martin Thomas will open at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, from 12 March tol 4 April 2010.
RELAX is set in the Gemini Lodge Guesthouse, near Weston super Mare, where the kinky guest house owner has a habit of seducing his unsuspecting male guests, but the next morning blaming it on his supposed identical twin brother. Mix in a tarot reading fifty something stoned houseboy and a metrosexual mechanic and the scene is set for a hilarious tale concerning post coital guilt, sexual compulsion and mistaken identity.
RELAX has its roots in the classic French farces of Georges Feydeau and the anarchic gay humour of Joe Orton. It takes a light-hearted look at the difficulties provincial and suburban men face in being honest about their sexuality. The development of Relax was supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Starring: James Holmes, Tony Bluto, Nadia Kamil, Dominic Cazenove , Mark Leeson
JAMES HOLMES best known for playing the character Clive in the 2009 BBC sitcom Miranda , he most recently starred in Derby’s Guildhall production of The Dumb Waiter and has appeared in various off-West End and regional theatre productions, including Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest for the New Players Theatre and various roles in Catherine Tate’s theatre comedy show.
TONY BLUTO whose film credits include Truly Madly Deeply, Nightbreed, and 102 Dalmatians. He also played Nick the accountant in the first episode of TV series Black Books. Recently he played the Mellors-esque farmhand in the advert for Pot Noodle’s Bacon Sizzler, a cartoon version of him appearing on supermarket shelves all over the country.
NADIA KAMIL, was born of a Welsh mother and an Iraqi father in Swansea. She was raised primarily in Wales but was kidnapped by her father shortly after her mother’s death to live in the Middle East around about the time the Gulf War. After returning to the UK she studied at Cambridge and there met her double act partner John-Luke Roberts, they perform together as ‘The Behometh’ and have had 3 hugely successful shows at the Edinburgh Festival . As a solo performer Nadia has written and starred in all episodes of both series of BBC7’s ‘Spats’ alongside numerous appearances on Radio 4.
DOMINIC CAZENOVE studied Zoology at University before deciding on a career as an actor. His film credits include Lady Godiva, Badinage and Take Three Girls. TV credits include Londynczycy and Magic Grandad, theatre credits include Wizard of Oz, Monsieur Proust and His Stripper and Crown Matrimonial and MARK LEESON credits include Crappy Christmas at the Bridewell and Arthur Smith’s Swan Lake at the Pleasance.
ROBERT FARRAR has had a successful career as a screenwriter both in America and the UK. His two filmed screenplays are The Man Who Knew Too Little, based on his novel Watch That Man, starring Bill Murray (Warner Bros, 1997). A Hollywood movie shot in London. The award-winning Bedrooms and Hallways (1998), a British film on a gay theme starring Simon Callow as a hilarious sex therapist. He wrote the novel State of Independence and two short films Sunday Morning and Donut, which he also directed.