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6 - 17 FEB


The Gentleman of Shalott

£10 PREVIEWS/£13/£16


Gareth Watkins


Pete Gomes

'one of the best pieces of theatre I've seen'

Pink Prince Theatre

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production team

In his isolated tower on an island in the river, Martuni is besieged by suitors on his dating app, trying to lure him into the outside world.

Reaper dreams he is a foetus with two heads, yet longs to be a dog at the foot of Martuni’s bed; Shepherd invites himself round for chicken sandwiches and trifle, and wants to know whether interest rates will go up, down or remain roughly about the same; Page wants to rescue Martuni in a hot air balloon and save him from the surrounding war, drought and environmental collapse.

Martuni responds by weaving his tapestry and pleasuring himself, until one day he falls in love and his world begins to change.

The Gentleman of Shalott is a queer adaptation of Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ influenced by the Theatre of the Absurd. It explores themes of isolation, social media-induced anxiety, neurodiversity, and our unwillingness to confront the climate crisis. 

Through the character of Martuni, we are challenged to question who we might  pretend to be and what lives we might invent for ourselves if we were prevented from meeting anyone in the real world.

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 19:45.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.


Gareth Watkins

Gareth Watkins is an actor, writer and director. He is originally from the South Wales Valleys, and has spoken Welsh since childhood. After studying English at Swansea University, he was awarded a scholarship to study acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, and then worked extensively in theatre, film and television.

In parallel, he began developing experimental improvised and devised theatre, which led him to study with the MA Theatre Lab at RADA. He has since written two plays: Boy for Life and The Gentleman of Shalott, and the recently published A to B: Conversations on common ground.

Boy for Life explores the lasting effects of gay conversion ‘therapy’ and The Gentleman of Shalott is his radical reimagining of Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shalott as a neuro-queer dystopia.

Selected theatre credits: The City and The Town (Rikstearten (National Theatre of Sweden/Hull Truck/Matthew Linley); Triptych (De Oscuro, Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter Arts); Iesu! (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru - National Theatre of Wales); The Brothers (The Glasgow Citizens).

Selected television credits: Heartbeat, Enid & Lucy, Nuts and Bolts (ITV); Jack of Hearts, Pobol y Cwm (BBC).

Selected film credits: My Feral Heart (Dull Boy Pictures); The Secret Life of Michael Fry (Film 4 and Endor); and the soon-to-be-released Blue (Hidden Art Films).


Gareth Watkins


Pete Gomes


Rebecca Hayes Laughton

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