After a successful 2009 stint, Chris Hoyles semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale The Newspaper Boys finds itself with a 2018 reboot, ready to take over Manchester’s leading and latest fringe venue 53Two. Launching on Tuesday (13 Feb) for a 13-show run, we’re making it our must-see of the week.
Partly based on playwriter Hoyles own experiences and scandals as a child actor for Coronation Street, The Newspaper Boy follows 15-year-old Christian Dibmore as a teen-star in the nation’s favourite soap opera keeping the secret of an off-screen love affair with his on-screen girlfriend’s half-brother. The tabloid press get hold of the news, and Christian’s stint in the limelight takes a dark turn…
Part of Queer Contact 2018, Manchester’s leading LGBTQ+ arts festival, The Newspaper Boy arrives accompanied with an all-star cast: Karen Henthorn (Coronation Street), Samantha Siddall (Shameless), Sam Retford (Hollyoaks), Hollie-Jay Bowes (Hollyoaks), with newcomer Daniel Maley taking the lead role of Christian.
As Hoyle himself explains:
“Although I was never ‘outed’ as gay by the media like Christian is in the play, I was enjoying the same party lifestyle on the Manchester gay scene. I wanted to write about that time in my life and in history through The Newspaper Boy, not only as a cautionary tale of losing everything before you even knew you had it, but also to highlight the homophobia of both the press and the law in the early 1990’s, when the age of consent was still 21 for gay men.”
The Newspaper Boy runs from 13 – 24 Feb 2018 at Manchester’s 53Two. Tickets (including those for a post-show ‘rave’) and further info can be found right here.