A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Leave To Remain explores the story of a young gay couple whose future is suddenly thrown into doubt.
“Give me your worst day
Give it to me
I’ll take the strain
Give me all the times you go insane
Your leave to remain”
Leave To Remain explores what happens when one couple’s marriage begins to fracture both of their families.
Obi (Tyrone Huntley) and Alex (Billy Cullum) are a young gay couple leading busy London lives. But when Alex’s visa comes into question, their relationship takes a turn. Marriage is an option, but the timing isn’t perfect, and it means confronting their families and their pasts.
An exciting opening to the Lyric Hammersmith’s 2019 season, Leave To Remain stars Huntley in the lead role of Obi. His previous theatre credits include the much applauded role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) for which he was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The show is directed by Southpaw Dance Company’s Robby Graham, and is written by Matt Jones (Doctor Who, Mr Selfridge).
Told through a blend of movement, drama and 14 original new tracks, Leave To Remain is a tender portrait of love in the face of an uncertain future.