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Sun 14 Jan, 2018
By Robert Ingham

packed with laugh-out-loud moments, expertly delivered by a truly talented cast

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Transferring to the West End is always a daunting prospect. However, ‘Strangers In Between’ makes it seem easy as it moves from The King’s Head to Trafalgar Studio 2, where it is playing until 3rd February.

Written by Tommy Murphy, probably most well-known for his moving stage and screen adaptations of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir, ‘Holding The Man’, it is a dark comedy about 16 year old Shane who runs away from rural Australia and ends up in Sydney’s King’s Cross to start afresh from his troubled past.

To go into too much detail would spoil some of the plot’s twists and turns but, rest assured, you are in for a treat.

With a sparkling script and cracking one liners, this is an unmissable evening full of humour, pathos and nuance, and the intimate theatre space makes it especially memorable – being so close to the action really enhances the experience.

The three strong cast are phenomenal – Roly Botha plays the naïve Shane, Stephen Connery-Brown is Peter, the oldest of the three, and Dan Hunter plays Will, the handsome hunk Shane falls for in the opening scene. Shane is full of nervous energy and his naivety is heart-warming and endearing, whilst Will is the guy about town who has been around the block a couple of times. Peter crosses Shane’s path in a local gay bar and theirs is a beautiful fusion of green meets worldly-wise, and marks the beginning of an unexpected friendship.

‘Strangers In Between’ could have easily fallen into a chasm of clichés, stereotypes and overused storylines, but Tommy Murphy has deftly created a world full of characters and situations we can all relate to. It is as absorbing as it is charming, skilfully directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, and with a simple though effective set from Becky-Dee Trevenen.

This is a must-see production, especially with such a fine turn from Roly Botha. It is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, expertly delivered by a truly talented cast who breathe life into characters we genuinely end up caring for. A triumph of a transfer.

‘Strangers In Between’ is on at Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY till 3rd February. book your tickets today at :


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