Porno Chic 6-9 July at The King's Arms

Porno Chic 6-9 July at The King's Arms

Vertigo Theatre Productions bring smash hit fringe play Porno Chic back to the stage as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe - and it has sold out every night.

 


The show, which has already received rave reviews, will return with its original cast and under the direction of the original writers/directors Craig Hepworth (Manchester Theatre Awards nominated) and Adele Stanhope.

 

Porno Chic tells the story of adult film actor Harry Reems, (played by Richard Allen), who shot to fame thanks to his role in the ground breaking 70's porn film Deep Throat making him America's first bona fide male porn star.

 

When people first hear the title Porno Chic they expect something that is the total opposite of what this show is. Although it is about the porn industry in the 1970s, it is so much more than that.

 

Through Harry's eyes we are taken through the filming, release and the political fallout caused by the movie's release, when the ex marine was convicted of conspiracy to transport obscene material across state lines.

 

Harry navigates his way through the highs as his fame grew, alongside his co-star Linda Lovelace (Celine Constantinides), to his rock bottom lows facing charges and possible jail time thanks to a government hell bent on bringing him and the movie down. 

 

Richard, who plays Harry, said: "When people first hear the title Porno Chic they expect something that is the total opposite of what this show is. Although it is about the porn industry in the 1970s, it is so much more than that.

 

"It is about the time and what they went through. Linda is suffering domestic violence with Chuck and being almost pushed into the industry. 

 

"Harry went along more willingly but he was a theatre actor at the beginning. That was what he wanted to do. He was a tech guy on this film and was roped in because the actor dropped out. His life changed for the better and then the worse.

 

"So I can totally relate to his Segway into the porn industry. It is an interesting concept for a play. It's something that is never really seen on stage, especially in this country. 

 

"American politics plays a huge part in it with Harry taking on the American government, through the prosecution."

 

 

Celine, who plays Linda, said: "I've never even had a relationship and I see myself as a strong independent woman.

 

"For me to play a woman who is very much under the thumb, that takes that abuse and doesn't stand up to it, is hard for me to play. But it is really interesting. I know women who have been in that situation and it is such a lonely place to be. 

 

"I think that is what Linda felt a lot of the time. She felt she was alone and didn't really have any friends. Chuck is her life, he was all she knew and she did what he told her.

 

"I don't think people know that side of her. They see her as the star of Deep Throat, a porn actress and then they are done with her. They don't see why she did what she did. She contradicts herself all the time so finding the truth behind it all is hard."

 

Ash Preston, who plays Linda's husband Chuck Traynor, said: "He's a horrible man. He's not a full on panto villain but he was a drink and drug abuser. He pimped Linda out and was very controlling. 

 

"Any money she made, he took to whim away. They would end up with no money and he made her do some very degrading things. To play that on stage is challenging because I'm not like that in real life. It is a fascinating peak at a time and place in history. But there is a bit of nudity in there, for the mums and dads!"

 

Co-writer and director Craig said: "Linda's story has been told a lot. Harry, I felt, went through more than Linda did. The alcohol abuse and taking on the US government. Everyone was looking at Harry as if he was Satan but his story is never told. He pops up for five minutes in films about Linda.

 

I've always wanted to write a play about the 1970s. I love the '70s. I didn't want to do a disco play and I've always been obsessed with Nixon and Watergate. When I started looking into things I got to Deep Throat and I thought this has not been done on stage before.

 

"So I wanted to get his take on it. The hardest thing was, the 80 odd characters in this show, from President Nixon to Gloria Steinem. There was originally more but I had to cut down. The main focus of the play is of course Harry and Linda. Their stories mirror their rise and fall, for different reasons.

 

"I've always wanted to write a play about the 1970s. I love the '70s. I didn't want to do a disco play and I've always been obsessed with Nixon and Watergate. When I started looking into things I got to Deep Throat and I thought this has not been done on stage before.

 

"We don't vilify the porn industry because I don't think it needs vilifying. If people want to work in that industry, and they are safe, I don't see anything wrong with that.

 

"But I think it is rubbish now. There was more artistry in the '70s when they were actors and filmmakers. The film Deep Throat couldn't exist without women's liberation. It all came together in one gigantic storm. 

 

"There were a lot of women who felt it was offensive but they missed the point, the woman was in control. Pornography now is always from the man's point of view."

 

Award winning and Manchester Theatre Awards nominated Vertigo Theatre Productions have previously produced Ascension, Last Dance, Watching Goldfish Suffocate, M, Rage and Exam, to name but a few.

 

Alongside Richard, Celine and Ash, the play also stars Stuart Reeve (Last Dance, Ascension), Andrew Marsden (Exam), Paul Worrall (Last Dance, Ascension) and Emma Morgan (Murder She Writes).

 

Critics have called the show "Unmissable" (5 stars What's On Stage), "Outstanding" (Now/Then Magazine) and "Extraordinary" (British Theatre Guide). 

 

Porno Chic is at The Kings Arms 6-9 July 2016, as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. The show is two hours long, with a 15-minute interval.

 

Please note the production contains nudity, graphic language and scenes of a sexual nature so is not suitable for persons under 16. 

 

Photographs of current cast above and below by Shay Rowan

 

www.vertigotheatreproductions.co.uk

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