A non-linear investigation of the complexities and nuances of relationships and the moral boundaries we set: highlighting the different dynamics in LGBTQIA+ relationships while exploring what makes love (and the suffering it causes) a universal experience.
Where does the line between self-care and egotism lie in relationships? An intimate semi-autobiographical performance highlighting the effects of unaddressed mental health in relationships, told through the lens of deconstructed, fragmented memories.
“Grey Area” takes its space on stage earnestly and honestly in response to two contemporary issues: homobitransphobia and ableism. How can a journey of queer love be completely redefined by pain and understanding?
Homing Bird is an emerging theatre company - examining the comic and tragic, starting conversations and letting ideas fly. Here we believe art brings people together and bridges generations. We want our productions to contribute to this togetherness – we see them as a way to give back to society and an expression of the individuality we each bring to the world. We are a queer company and we strive to bring elements of this to all of our work, creating theatre which is made by and for the LGBTQIA+ community.
We strive to take audiences to places they've not been before, questioning the unquestioned and highlighting new experiences, with emphasis on exploring the connection between comedy and tragedy, seamlessly weaving them together. We don't want to tread ground already covered - we want to be the ones who start conversations. Our work feels like flying home: comforting, fun, but also brave and challenging.
Press & Reviews
"It’s really nice to see an honest portrayal of a gay relationship with flaws and all, treated with the same humanity and complexity as straight romances."
- M. Hudson, Writer
"The disjointed narrative provides a brilliant framework for Jonny’s implicit storytelling, to elevate a ‘simple’ slice of life to a play that captivated its sold-out audience."
- A. D. Watson
"A beautiful play about two teens in love and life’s many little grey areas that are impossible to predict. It’s a story that a lot of people will find themselves relating to."
- L. K. Nielsen
"One of the most successful openings we have had at the Pen Theatre. Beautiful writing, directing and acting!"
- MJ, Artistic Director at Pen Theatre
"A delight to watch. Joyful, endearing and hard-hitting. The clever writing and beautiful direction kept me completely engrossed throughout."
- Rea Macduff
Cast & Creative Team Actor (Jackson): Jonny Peyton-Hill
Actor (Peter): Benedict Gibson
Author: Jonny Peyton-Hill
Director: Chiara Virgilio
Assistant Director: Martha Wilson
Movement and Intimacy Director: Kiren Virdee
Set designer: Ioana Curelea
Assistant set designer: Anushka Karnawat
Sound designer: David Denyer