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NAUGHTY: A darkly comic, queer coming-of-age tale

Days after Andrew ends his seven-year relationship with college sweetheart, Jake, he is messaged out of the blue by a former ‘friend’. This unwelcome advance triggers an emotional spiral as Andrew recounts his unstable first steps into the world of gay sex and queer identity… under the increasingly imposing guidance of Kevin, a teacher at his drama academy.

Naughty provides a frank account of growing up queer outside of a big city. The piece was written to examine the common lack of safe mentorship for LGBTQ+ youth and the over-sexualisation of queer relationships.

First performed at Camden Fringe in 2021, Naughty was an OffFest finalist and Andrew has been nominated for a London Pub Theatre’s Standing Ovation Award for their subsequent tour of the show in 2022.

“A brave production that sheds light on a topic that usually just doesn’t get talked about” ★★★★ (West End Evenings)

“Houghton juggled with many sensitive topics throughout this piece successfully, it was a joy to watch.” ★★★★ (A Young (ish) Perspective)

“an effortlessly revelatory hour of theatre” ★★★★ (London Pub Theatres)

“Although a one-man show, Naughty has all the elements of a distressing two-hander.” ★★★★★ (A Younger Theatre)

“Naughty is a play with a positive message that speaks honestly about the complexities of sex, sexuality and the celebration of identity.” ★★★★ (The Reviews Hub)

“Naughty displays a strong sense of survival and celebration of self” ★★★★ (LouReviews)

5th & 7th May, 2023
Kings Head Theatre, 115 Upper St, London N1 1QN.


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