With such sheer force that I hurtle through space…
RUN opened at the Vault Festival in February 2016. The play transferred to JW3 before completing a run at the Bunker Theatre in March/April 2017.
It’s the last day of term and Yonni’s pissed off. He just wants to get away from Mum, away from Shabbat and head up to his room. That’s where Adam is. The only person Yonni wants to be around, think about, be about…
And as the night unfolds and falls into chaos – some of it real, and some of it not so – Yonni pulls us into his world… A world filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, political demonstrations, cinema, sex and rebellion.
Off-West End Theatre Awards
Best Production – Nominated
Best Male (Tom Ross Williams) – Nominated
★★★★★ – JEWISH NEWS
Run captivates from the opening line until the last breath. Laughton is a superb writer… Run is a triumph…a one act masterpiece.
★★★★★ – LONDON THEATRE1
Run will touch your heart. The language of the writing is beautifully crafted making great use of the modern day vernacular and transforming it into wonderful lyrical poet moments…
★★★★★ – GRUMPY GAY CRITIC
An interstellar achievement…
★★★★★ – THEATRE WEEKLY
Run is a wonderfully inspiring story… heart-breaking at times, it really is out of this world.
★★★★ – WHAT’S ON STAGE
If there’s a tension between sexuality and faith, Laughton’s drama doesn’t depend on bringing that clash to a head. Run’s not a ‘God or Guys’ play. It’s more complex: an examination of inter-sectional identities.
★★★★ – ATTITUDE MAGAZINE
As Yonni, Ross-Williams commands Laughton’s rich dialogue… Punchy and relatable lines from Laughton reminds us of those moments we’ve all shared.
★★★★ – BOYZ MAGAZINE
Run offers an awe-inspiring look into the soul. Explosive and very imaginative, the power of a well written and structured monologue makes for good theatre and Run is a perfect example…. Stunning.
★★★★ – THE UPCOMING
This is a piece with a deep contemporary resonance… bold and unapologetic. And with rising homophobia and anti-Semitism considered, it’s also a frankly necessary take on what love means in the 21st century.
★★★★ – REV STAN
Stephen Laughton has a keen eye not just for domestic detail but also how first love feels for Yonni something which is reflected in the mixture of vernacular and poetic imagery in the script. It’s a lovely, simple piece of theatre that is both funny and moving
★★★★ – THE LONDON ECONOMIC
Ross-Williams deftly introduces us to the physical, lyrical, time-bending, space shifting nature of Run…. a tight glimpse into a world I don’t understand. It’s a world of Shabbat, kippahs, the mêlée of faith and sexuality, but Laughton makes the story so accessible and human that it all feels very familiar.
★★★★ – LGBTQ Arts Review (Interview with me here)
Laughton’s writing is intricately beautiful as we are flown through the solar system, to a family kitchen, then to a deserted beach to rescue a whale…
Highly recommended – Exeunt Magazine (Doesn’t star rate)
It’s artful, honest and deeply romantic, whilst still being devastatingly in its meditations on modern anti-Semitism. Put simply, it’s vital viewing, and so is whatever its creative team does next. Highly recommended.
The New Current
Nick Hern Books
Antivirus Magazine: Stephen Laughton Profile/Interview
Attitude Magazine: Tom on growing up Jewish and his sexuality
Evening Standard Interview with Tom
Gay Star News – Tom
Gay Times: Run Announcement
Huffington Post: Tom on LGBTQI representation
LGBTQ Arts Review Interview with Tom
LGBTQ Arts Review Interview with Stephen
Nick Hern Books
Pink News – Tom responds to homophobic vandals
Stage interview with Tom
Theatre Bubble – Paul and Lucy on female representation in theatre
Full Cast & Crew
RUN opened at the VAULT Festival in February 2016 with the following cast and crew:
YONNI – Tom Ross-Williams
Director – by Oli Rose
Writer – Stephen Laughton
Producer – Lauren Brown
Lighting Designer – Peter Harrison
Composer – Helen Sartory
Stage Manager – Heather Christie
RUN started its 2017 spring tour as part of the GayW3 Festival at JW3 on 08 March 2017, with the following cast and crew:
YONNI Tom Ross-Williams
Director – Lucy Wray
Production/Stage – Manager Lil Davis
Sound and Music Design – Anna Clock
Additional Composition – Helen Sartory
Production Designer – Lee Gould
Lighting Designer – Lucy Hansom
Lighting Assistants – Kieron Johnson//Sherry Coenen
Press and Publicity – Paul Bloomfield//iN BLOOM