A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca


18 April 2021
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

Cruise is currently streaming on Stream Theatre, and it’s absolutely worth a watch! Written and performed by Jack Holden, and based on a true story, Cruise introduces us to Jack as a young volunteer at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline. Going through some personal difficulties and having to deal with intense situations from callers, Jack fields a call from Michael, and things spin off into a very different direction. Michael tells of his life in Soho in the 80s, of excesses, connections, love, endless parties, and of course the AIDs epidemic ripping through the gay scene at the time, of loss and hope, and electronic music.

Jack Holden takes on a myriad of characters while dancing his way through the basement of the Shoreditch Town Hall. Brilliantly adapted to a recorded performance, Cruise is a touching and intense journey through a pivotal time for LGBT+ people in the UK. Delving deep into the scene of the 80s and how it was affected by HIV, this play is an absolute gem.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it had me glued to the screen for the duration. What a beautiful tribute and view into the lives of LGBT+ people of a devastated generation. Cruise is running until the 24th April, don’t miss it!

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