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ALINEMENT Productions


Written by Ashley Byam
Directed by Ashley Byam
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How do you show and receive love as a Black man, especially a Black, openly gay roadman, when you have no guide?

Aidyn and Kairo are perfect together; they figured it out and have something strong that works for them. But one night after a party, the strength of their love is put to the ultimate test, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy and changing their relationship forever.
In his debut play, a queer, romantic multiverse drama about first love and jealousy. Ashley Byam explores the complexities of Black masculinity, the queer experience and what it means to have the perfect relationship. As the story unfolds and challenges arise, the play asks – what aspects of ourselves are we prepared to sacrifice to pursue the picture-perfect “romcom” ending?

ALINEMENT Productions.

‘Aligning the underrepresented and misaligned.’

ALINEMENT is a new production company focused on creating and telling stories often seen as ‘niche’ or ‘taboo’. Our ethos is to take stories that are otherwise programmed as seasons, e.g. ‘Black’, ‘Queer’, ‘Female’ etc. and push them to the front with the same validity and gravitas as conventional narratives. ALINEMENT Productions has been supported in the past by Arts Council England, award-winning theatre company WILDCARD Theatre, and mentoring by Trafalgar Entertainment Group.

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 16+

Content information: Please click here to read information relating to content of the play.

Post-show Q&A: After the 2:30pm performance on Saturday 16th September, there will be a post-show Q&A discussing the complexities of the Black queer experience with writer/director Ashley Byam and the cast of CUFFED. There will be a short break post-show and the Q&A will then commence in the auditorium. 

Ashley Byam

Ashley is an award-winning actor who graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in 2014. He has appeared in several tv shows and films - including LEGEND (2015) opposite Tom Hardy and THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016) alongside Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. TV includes GIRI/HAJI (Netflix), WEDDING SEASON (Disney+), and DEATH IN PARADISE (BBC). He also appeared as a series regular on EASTENDERS and most recently wrapped on an upcoming feature opposite Rami Malek. In addition to his Film and TV career, he is a very accomplished stage actor.

This is Ashley’s debut play, and he is currently writing two short film projects that he will produce and direct later this year and at the start of 2024.


Artistic Team
Ashley Byam
Ashley Byam
Assistant Director/Producer
Molly Moody
Production Dramatherapist
Wabriya King
Rikki Beadle-Blair
Intimacy Director
Enric Ortuño
Costume Designer
Claudine Sawan
Voice Coach
Diarm Scahill
Casting Support
Oliver Scullion
Lighting Designer
Ros Chase
Set Designer
Djordje Jovanovic
Production Photography
Korey J Ryan
Stage Manager
Danielle Adeyinka-Uche
Assistant Producer
Tsipora St. Clair Knights
Joshua John
Tinashe Darikwa

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