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Former Hollyoaks star Imran Adams leads cast of gay stage drama All That

Modern gay life and monogamy are explored in Shaun Kitchener's comedy drama, which is at the King's Head Theatre until 21 August.

2021-08-03

Former Hollyoaks star Imran Adams is set to make his stage debut in a lively LGBTQ drama exploring modern gay life, love and monogamy. 

Adams, who played Mitchell Deveraux on the Channel 4 soap for almost two years before departing in November last year, leads the cast of All That, which is running at London's King's Head Theatre until 21 August as part of the venue's summer Queer Season. 

Joining Adams on the line-up is Chris Jenkins, who's previously appeared in Russell T Davies' AIDS drama It's a Sin, as well as Taylor Jordan Laviniere, who has starred in the West End's Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

The cast of All That, clockwise from top: Imran Adams (he/him), Matt Greenwood (they/them), Taylor Jordan Laviniere (he/him) and Chris Jenkins (he/him)

Non-binary actor Matt Greenwood, who played transgender pupil Martin Dunbar in BBC drama Waterloo Road and shared a scene with Rami Malek in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, rounds off the cast of the newly-opened production, which is directed by James Callàs Ball.

An official synopsis of All That reads: "Taylor (Jenkins) and Riley (Laviniere) have been living the loved-up suburban dream for nearly a decade. Nice house, nice town, nice group of respectable straight friends. But when financial troubles prompt them to rent out their spare room, it’s not long before they meet Jamie (Adams) and Parker (Greenwood) - a couple with a totally different outlook to their own.

"As tensions rise, wires cross and preconceptions are challenged, the four housemates will be tested to their very limits - and forced to reassess the lives they’ve built and what it is they really want."

First shown on the London stage in 2017, All That is written by Hollyoaks writer Shaun Kitchener, who has previously penned stage shows including 2015's acclaimed drama Positive, which told the story of a young twenty-something man living with HIV.

 

Attitude previously declared that All That to be "necessary viewing" for all gay men, adding: "The relationships presented ring true for the experience of anyone who has ever been in a relationship with another man."

In a statement, Kitchener said: "I’m overjoyed that All That is headlining the King’s Head Theatre’s amazing Queer Season this summer.

"In addition to sharing its name with an underrated Carly Rae Jepsen classic, the play explores different attitudes to love, sex and monogamy within the gay community as well as the importance of honesty - with loved ones but also with yourself.

"I hope it gives people something to think about on the tube home, whilst raising a few laughs along the way."

All That is at London's King's Head Theatre until 21 August. For tickets click here.