Make-up - Critically acclaimed LGBTQ+ play at Kings Arms Theatre for Manchester Fringe
The Kings Arms Theatre - Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
Lady Christina leaves the stage at the end of what could be her final show. She's tired of metro-sexual audiences looking for something a little risqué that they can tell their mothers about, she's tired of young drag queens who make it look so easy, and she's tired of having to put on the make-up and become
someone else every night. But when the make-up comes off, the face in the mirror takes Christopher Laneghan back to the life he lived before she came along. Can he live if living is without her?
Written by Andy Moseley and starring Fringe First winner Moj Taylor, Make-up is a critically acclaimed play that takes you backstage to meet the person behind the persona.
The play was one of the few that managed to premier in 2020, opening at Brighton Fringe in October 2020.
Not content with defying the odds in one continent, it was also streamed to worldwide audiences as part of the Marsh Stream International Solo Fest, organised by the Marsh Theatre, San Francisco in the same month.
Andy Moseley says We finished the last performance in Brighton, an hour later it was being streamed from San Francisco and another hour later we were talking about it to audiences across the globe. It was like Phil Collins at Live Aid but without the air miles!
In 2021, it was nominated for Best Production and Best Male Actor awards at Buxton Fringe. It has since toured Scotland and will be at Underbelly George Square for a full Edinburgh Fringe run this August.
Starring an excellent Moj Taylor as Chris and his troubled drag persona, Lady Christina. Moseley and Taylor capture the tortures and fears of Chris/Christina as she emerges from a performance. A skilled and successful drama, it nudges you to new insight and understanding. (****, Wee Review)
The script by Andy Moseley is gripping and intense and Moj Taylor gives us a powerful set of mental images through his quietly angry performance. Layer upon layer is warmly/brutally exposed and we learn and appreciate more and more what has become a muddled life. (Buxton Fringe Review)
A coruscating 50 minutes. NoLogo have created a highly interesting performer and a totally believable character who has a lot to say about Queer identity, personality, individualism and the freedom to be who you are.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2022