the salon:collective in association with Theatre503 presents Hold


Written by Richard Chilver
Directed by Alex Vendittelli
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“I don’t think you know how forgiving I am to you. When you drink…you’re not the person I love anymore” 

In a small country pub with a failing music system and sticky floors, Marc sits quietly as instructed. Adam, his partner, is telling Marc’s parents that their son is gay. The conversation is blunt, monstrous and painfully funny. It does not go well and Marc is left without parents to turn toPerhaps that’s what Adam wanted. 

A rehearsed reading of a solo work exploring coercive and controlling behaviour within a male gay relationship, Hold will invite post-show audience feedback to assist in further development.  

Hold is being developed with support from Arts Council England. 

the salon:collective is a community of multi-disciplinary artists based in London. We train actors, develop writers and create theatre while offering a supportive, energising climate for artists making their own work. 

Richard Chilver

Richard trained as a playwright at The University of Portsmouth and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He co-founded Frequency Theatre, an audio theatre company which created short plays from writers across the world. He is playwright in residence of Lakeside Theatre.

His first full stage production, The Girl and The Moon, opened at the Courtyard Theatre in January 2018. Other works include a radio short for Menagerie Theatre and BBC East and two pieces have featured in Pulse Festival.

In 2016 Richard was commissioned by Essex County Council to create Surprise, a site-specific theatre performance sharing the experience of controlling and coercive behaviour. Alongside the development of Hold, Richard is working on a new script B.B.C. about porn addiction.


Sunday 18 November Sun 18 Nov 19:30 Book Now
Monday 19 November Mon 19 Nov 19:30 Book Now
Artistic Team
Richard Chilver
Alex Vendittelli
Dominic Kelly

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