It’s Midsummers Day on Clapham Common and the hottest day of the year. No wonder everyone is so thirsty.
In the hospice Gregory is elegantly fading away, doing crosswords, and dreaming of leather sex. As night slowly draws in, so the siren call from over the fence grow stronger – will he ever go cruising again?
Yvonne, his middle-aged nurse, is all brisk professionalism and natural kindness. But her gentle touch unleashes a new energy in Gregory, a lust for life in a life of lust, now drawing to an end. Gregory and Yvonne share fantasies conjured out of the horny night air – those deepest desires that are so personal that even to admit them feels like taking your life in your hands.
As a cheeky chorus of nuns in latex and leather daddies weave a spell of midsummer magic and madness around them… Who is dying to be touched? And who is really dying?
Common People is play about love, desire, intimacy, middle age, and the revolutionary nature of sexual fantasy even in the presence of death.
Photo credit: Manel Ortega