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Joe Carstairs @ Quay Arts Anthony Minghella Theatre

July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

StoneCrabs Theatre present


“It is the world that must change, not I.”

In the midst of the roaring twenties, Joe Carstairs emerged as a rebellious force, defying societal expectations to become a war hero and the fastest boat-racer of a generation. But steering against the expectations of their class and culture came at a cost, with the tides of destiny propelling them in unexpected directions.

Cut to present day, when Hik, a tenacious young playwright from humble origins, grapples with their own defiant spirit. After meeting strong-willed Tee at a writing workshop, they are presented with the opportunity to craft a play about Carstairs, but find their own identity questioned when tradition collides with progress. It seems their societal norms are not all that different from their idol’s 100 years earlier.

StoneCrabs Theatre’s new drama Joe Carstairs unleashes a highly charged fusion of movement, words and music that brings one of the 20th century’s boldest queer figures into sharp relief.

This unforgettable show will challenge conventions, spark inspiration, and leave you pondering the meaning of personal freedom in a world determined to conform.

written by Franko Figueiredo & Krysia Mansfield

directed by Selwin Hulme-Teague & Robyn Lexi

featuring a special participation by the Isle Of Wight College Performing Arts Students

Praise for StoneCrabs Theatre work:

★★★★★ “Sharp, radiant and engaging” – BN1 Magazine on The Trial

★★★★★ “Outstanding” – Traspi.net on The Trial

★★★★ captivates, educates, and entertains – DIVA Magazine on The Trial

★★★★★ “utter, utter delight”-  Island Echo on Utter Mess!

★★★★★ Time Out Critic’s choice – Waltz #6

★★★★★ “theatre which couldn’t have more contemporary relevance” – The Stage on Basic. 

★★★★ full of wit, elegance and intelligence” – The Times on Waltz #6

Ages 13+
Approx 1hr 45 Minutes with Interval (Subject to change)

Cafe / Bar open from 18:00
Doors 19:00
Onstage from 19:30

July 3rd, 4th and 5th


July 4
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Quay Arts
Sea Street
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD United Kingdom
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