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The Speed Twins


Riverside Studios
Thur 29 Aug - Sat 28 Sept 2013


The Speed Twins is a new play about lost love and and last chances by Maureen Chadwick. First produced at Riverside Studios in September 2013 and directed by Simon Evans. 

Three old women meet as strangers in a spectral version of the Gateways, the lesbian nightclub featured in the film The Killing of Sister George: Queenie is in complete denial of her sexuality, Ollie thinks she's died and gone to Dyke Heaven, and Shirley looks as if she hasn't aged a day since she lost the love of her life back in 1962. 

As the drink flows, uncomfortable truths are revealed as Queenie struggles to justify her life's choices. Torn between temptation and fear, will she go to her grave with her conventional moral certainties intact? Or will she have the courage to re-write history and finally be true to her heart?

The Speed Twins unleashes an explosive and darkly comic conflict of desires and challenges us all to ask fundamental questions about identity. 

Read Maureen Chadwick's article for Gaze Magazine about her own experiences of the Gateways club here.  Plus Maureen's Q&A with and her Guardian profile by Julie Bindel.  And listen to the juke box playlist here


LATEST NEWS: The Speed Twins US Premiere

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"The dialogue is exemplary, sparkling with wit as Chadwick demonstrates her mastery of camp. But the real strength of the piece is its humanity. It will, I think, prove to be Maureen Chadwick's masterpiece. " Beige Magazine, Alex Hopkins
"Killingly funny – I haven’t laughed this much in the theatre for ages. This wonderfully humane show boasts one of the sharpest scripts and you will be challenged to find better performances than Polly Hemingway’s and Amanda Boxer’s on any stage in London: they are breathtakingly good. Entertainment Focus -" ***** 5 Stars, Entertainment Focus
"It's a glorious metaphysical romp that had us transfixed from start to finish. Clever, capricious, and consistently funny, we can’t recommend it enough. " ***** 5 Stars, Gay Times
"Maureen Chadwick’s splendid play ...funny, moving, and beautifully performed, is directed with great style by Simon Evans." Reviewsgate


Polly Hemingway - Queenie
Amanda Boxer - Ollie/Nurse
Mia Mackie - Shirley/Angelica


Maureen Chadwick - Writer
Simon Evans - Director
Andrew D Edwards - Design
Ed Lewis - Sound Designer
Johanna Town - Lighting Design
Tim Bray - Associate Lighting Designer


Casting - Laura Scott Casting
Movement Director - Andrea Pelaez
Production Management Services - Simon Gooding and Matt Jones
Company Stage Manager - Richard Llewelyn
Deputy Stage Manager - Patricia Swales
Wardrobe and Wigs Dresser - Jenny Hall
Costume Supervisor - Karen Short
Wigs Supervisor - Betty Marini

Press Representation - Kevin Wilson 
Marketing and Advertising - Shereden Mathews for DR5
Marketing Design - Snow Creative
Production Photography - Catherine Ashmore
Accountancy - Kerrie Cronin
Production Insurance - Walton and Parkinson Longreach

For Big Broad Productions:
Executive Producer - Kath Gotts
Producer - Douglas McJannet
Marketing Consultant and Production Support - Lucy Faulks