Up The Arts meets the crew of LGBTQ+ homeless play 'No Sweat'
23 min

Did you know there is a LGBTQ+ homelessness crisis? This week, Thomas has been meeting the Vicky Moran (writer and director) and James Haymer, who plays Alf in 'No Sweat' which has been running at the Pleasance Theatre in London and is shortly set to hit other theatres around the country. The play examines the story of three friends who find themselves homeless and staying in a sauna for shelter, examining the nature of an invisible crisis in the UK.

From the play's website: 

"It’s unseen. No one’s telling the stories. You don't see us on the streets because saunas and Grindr mean that gay men don't have to be homeless in the traditional sense. It's all hidden."

Working together with young LGBTQ+ ex/homeless people in London, Vicky Moran’s new play shines a light on a forgotten generation of homeless youth.

Combining real stories, verbatim interview clips and an original score, No Sweat reveals stories from within the world of gay saunas - a common place for young homeless people to seek accommodation. In a world where stability is a second from slipping through your fingers, austerity combined with prejudice sees young people putting themselves at risk all too often.

We invite you inside our very own sauna. Here you'll meet Tristan, Alf and Charlie who will show you the ropes when it comes to survival. But how long can they battle against the system? No Sweat is an examination of friendship, family and the fight for recognition.

Welcome to Up The Arts, a weekly podcast for those proud to be be involved in theatre, music, art and literature in the LGBTQ+ world! Every Thursday, we meet incredible people from the arts world and explore their creativity and inspiration, as well as providing a peek at upcoming events in which pride and the arts world collide!

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