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Touched & Prisoners of Sex By John Roman Baker
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Two plays by John Roman Baker. TOUCHED is a tense and erotically charged play. Two men, touched by desire and fear, attempt to break through the barriers that surround them. Barriers constructed by... More > the fear of love and the memory of sexual abuse. Behind the personal story is a wider context. Economics and politics affect personal behaviour and attitudes. How close is too close? That’s the question posed by TOUCHED. PRISONERS OF SEX presents ten characters, five situations and one obsession - unprotected sex. Vienna, London, Bratislava, Amsterdam and Berlin are the settings for scenarios that across Europe are being repeated and replayed. The themes are familiar, but the desires are compulsive, the motivations complex and the risks, shared. John Roman Baker has written an incisive, amusing, irreverent expose of gay male sex that entertains its audience while not flinching from the taboo of unprotected sex.< Less
The Prostitution Plays By John Roman Baker
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THE PROSTITUTION PLAYS are a unique chronicle of male prostitution in Amsterdam at the turn of the 21st Century. A lost generation of young men, disenfranchised by the fall of communism in central... More > and eastern Europe travelled to the Netherlands to find a better life. In 4 short plays their experiences of 4 different kinds of prostitution are presented: in a brothel; a bar; an hotel room and on Amsterdam’s Central Station. The plays are the creative product of research conducted by Aputheatre’s John Roman Baker and Rod Evan between 1998 and 1999. Since 2000 the landscape has changed. The growth of the internet and council policies to clean up Amsterdam plus tougher security on Europe’s borders have changed this way of life, perhaps forever. “Hustlers portrayed in all their contradictory Glory!” - Bruce LaBruce, Warsaw, 2000< Less
The Crying Celibate Tears Trilogy By John Roman Baker
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THE CRYING CELIBATE TEARS TRILOGY comprises 3 plays written by John Roman Baker between 1988 and 1991: Crying Celibate Tears; The Ice Pick; Freedom to Party. They provide a unique insight into the... More > impact of HIV and AIDS on gay men at the height of the crisis. The plays won awards and acclaim when presented at the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals. With uncompromising directness the plays lay bare the physical and emotional strengths and inadequacies of the characters as they struggle against a seemingly invincible enemy. “Guaranteed to outrage the bigots!” - Derek Jarman, 1991 (The Ice Pick) “Takes the audience into uncharted emotional territory.” - New Statesman & Society, 1991 (The Ice Pick) “A significant breakthrough in AIDS theatre!” - Plays & Players, 1989 (Crying Celibate Tears)< Less