New play to support LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt

Graham Robson January 12, 2021

Star Man, a new play written and by James Cole, is making its livestream debut to raise funds for the LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt at 5.30pm on Sunday, January 17 with tickets available HERE.

L-R: Actor Jack Matthew © Lumosia; writer and director James Cole © Jeff Moore; actor Kim Tatum © James Pemberton

The play, which will be followed by a Q&A, tells the story of a young man, Ben (Jack Matthew), battling to overcome the hold of a drug addiction, while a ghost from his past seeks to destroy his future. As his partner Tony (Harry Edwin) and estranged mother Dionne (Kim Tatum) desperately try to help Ben, fearless drag queen and tour-de-force Kennedy Carmichael (Neil Summerville) forces the troubled family to confront unsaid truths and heal the wounds of the past.

The online streaming of Star Man is in support of akt, formerly known as the Albert Kennedy Trust. As a charity tackling LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, akt saw a substantial spike in young people seeking help, as national lockdowns increased the numbers of those fleeing dangerous domestic situations, facing unemployment, rent arrears and financial instability. Fifty per-cent of the profits from Star Man will go to akt to fund their critical work.

James Cole, writer and director, said, “During this incredibly difficult time for the arts, we are delighted to be able to stream this special digital edition of Star Man for online audiences, while raising critical funds for akt. With a cast of truly stellar talent, Star Man is an exciting evening of live theatre brought to your very own home.”

 Tickets available here