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In his song An Englishman In New York, written about actor, writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp, Sting said “be yourself no matter what they say.” Crisp was always, defiantly, himself. From conventional beginnings in suburban Surrey to gaining global notoriety for The Naked Civil Servant and taking roles in a variety of films (including playing Queen Elizabeth I in the 1992 adaptation of Orlando), he never shied away from his true identity, even as, for decades, he was repeatedly beaten for being openly gay.

It’s almost an understatement to say that Crisp had an extraordinary life, but in Naked Hope, which comes to Northern Stage on Tuesday 10th July, Mark Farrelly depicts his times through the lens of two contrasting eras. Presented as part of this year’s Newcastle Pride Festival, and following an acclaimed off-West End run, the show plunges the audience both into the late 1960s, to Crisp’s Chelsea flat, before transitioning to 1990s New York. Through it all, Farrelly endeavours to depict the icon’s life in both truthful and glorious colour, celebrating his defiance and courage with razor-sharp observations and reflections. If ever you needed the bravery to simply embrace your true self, Naked Hope will undoubtedly be a shot of urgent courage.

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