by Stacey Gregg
A touching and provocative story of first love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Scorch was inspired by recent UK cases of 'gender fraud'.
Stacey Gregg's play for a solo performer premiered at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, in 2015, co-produced by Prime Cut, MAC and Outburst. It won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and the Writers Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script. It was presented in Paines Plough's Roundabout at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before touring Ireland.
Staff recommendation: A searing, heartrending play for a solo performer, based on true cases of so-called 'gender fraud'- (whereby trans people have been prosecuted for not declaring their trans status to partners). Teenager Kes is dealing with issues of gender identity, but also looking for love and wanting to have a good time. When Kes meets a girl online, they meet up and immediately hit it off, but when Jules discovers that Kes turns out not to be quite the person she first thought he was, there are tragic repercussions for both of them. MICHAEL