10th June 2021
By Ross Berkeley Simpson
Rehearsed reading by Maureen Lipman & Paul Copley.
Gays are the majority. Straights are illegal.
Thanks to a population explosion, the UK government began to actively encourage gay relationships. Decades later, being gay is the law, babies are born only by government sanctioned IVF and anyone found harbouring heterosexual tendencies is punished severely in a correctional facility.
We follow the story of Loretta Devlin, a woman in prison for having a heterosexual relationship. Heterophobia is a battle of wits between Loretta and her interviewer Doctor Kane. He has been tasked with sourcing specific information about Loretta’s ‘crimes’… but Loretta will only give the answers if she gets some answers herself, answers to questions like ‘who outed me?’ and ‘what became of my straight friends and lover?’
And then... we learn the terrifying instruction Doctor Kane has been tasked to perform before he leaves the room.
Heterophobia is a two-hander for actors in their 70s, which, through its ‘flipped’ viewpoint, shines a light on modern-day homophobia.
This performance is a rehearsed reading.
Written by Ross Berkeley Simpson (Olivier nominated ‘Warheads’).
Directed by Scott Le Crass (Oncomm winner ‘Rose’ starring Maureen Lipman).