the salon:collective in association with Theatre503 presents Hold


Written by Richard Chilver
Directed by Alex Vendittelli
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£8 Adult Standard

RUNNING TIME / NOTICES: 65mins (no interval). A rehearsed reading. Audience will be invited to give feedback, post-show, to assist in further development. 


“49% of all gay and bi men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16” (

Hold aims to explain why.

Hold is a solo piece about controlling and coercive behaviour in a gay male relationship. Told through the lens of Marc, the victim of the abuse, and his boyfriend Adam, Hold shows us the mounting anxiety, paranoia and dependency as the relationship progresses. We see both partners, played by the same actor, lose control over their lives.

This rehearsed reading 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.


Artistic Team
Richard Chilver
Alex Vendittelli
Dominic Kelly

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