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Secret Boulevard
On from 05 Oct 2010 till 07 Nov 2010
by Dylan Costello
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £13 - £15

About: Secret Boulevard

Hollywood 1949. In an era of stifling movie production restraints and stars kept under oppressive control by their bosses, innocent young actor Patrick Glass feels the full force of the studios' brute career-destroying power when he embarks on a scandalous love affair with his famous male co-star – the brooding and enigmatic Hollywood heart-throb Jackson Harper...

As the Hollywood powers-that-be and the prevailing social morality clamp down on this unacceptable romance and decide to tear it apart, the ramifications will still be felt forty years later in 1989...

Written by Dylan Costello
Directed by Manolis Emmanouel
Set Designer – Ilaria D'intinosante
Costume Designer – Claire Thompson
Lighting Designer – Tom Cooper
Sound Designer – Simon McCabe
Stage Manager/Operator – Julia Blom
Production Manager – Victoria Cartwright
Production Assistant – Caroline Babics


Tim Blackwell as George
Adam Blake as Jackson
Julia Effertz as Ava
James Hender as Lloyd
Sid Phoenix as Patrick
Anna Sambrooks as Candice
Dee-Dee Samuels as Nella
David Shackleton as Pat

The play's inception began back in late 2005 when writer Dylan Costello was living in Los Angeles. Spending an unusually rainy day watching classic movies from the golden age of Hollywood, Dylan became fascinated by the reality back then of gay actors such as Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson and how they dealt with hiding their true sexuality amongst the cogs of the great Hollywood Machine. Further research into the era uncovered truths and lies about the attitudes towards homosexuality in the 1940s movie industry, especially when the moralistic Production Code was in full force, forbidding even the hint of sexually ambiguous behaviour on the silver screen. This was Hollywood after all, a twisted utopia where image, control, money and power were the only things that mattered. A place where the reality never matched the fantasy – and a world that required the forced suppression of one's homosexuality should one want to keep their movie career. But this was the 1940s and you would think that these homophobic attitudes would have been gradually erased over the last few decades. But the sad truth is that they haven't and still to this day, gay actors are being asked to choose between their sexuality and their career – and so the Hollywood closet is as full as it ever was.

Secret Boulevard premieres at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, London on Tuesday 5th October 2010 and runs every Tues-Sun @ 7.30pm until Sunday 7th November 2010.

** Over 16s only – contains male nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.**

Ticket Prices �15 full, �13 concessions.

Box office / 0844 477 1000 / 020 7729 2202

The Courtyard Theatre,
Bowling Green Walk,
40 Pitfield St,
London N1 6EU
(exit 2 from Old Street Tube)


Act 1 Productions are pleased to announce a Q & A event on Friday 29th October
for the audience members of their current theatre production ‘Secret Boulevard’.

Hosted by journalist and ‘Daybreak’ TV presenter Phil Reay-Smith, the Q & A will be a chance to field questions to the writer, director and cast to find out more about the production that critics and audiences are praising.

The Q & A will take place directly after the show’s curtain down at 9.30pm and finish at 10.30pm.

For tickets for the Friday 29th october performance + Q & A, please call the Courtyard Theatre on 020 7729 2202.


We are very pleased to announce that 'Secret Boulevard' has been nominated for 3 awards in the Off West End Theatre Awards (aka The Offies).

Dylan Costello has been nominated for 'Most Promising New Playwright', Julia Effertz who plays Ava has been nominated for ‘Best Female Performance’ and Tim Blackwell who plays George has been nominated for ‘Best Male Performance’.

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The number of votes cast by the public, will be published week by week until mid December when the final voting figures will be hidden. The winners in each category will be announced, separately from the Panel winners, at The Offie Award Ceremony on Sunday 27 February 2011.


“… a classic Hollywood romance in a way that nicely mimics the narrative style of forties and fifties studio cinema…”… “Costello pertinently explores the way real-life actors of the forties, such as Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson, faced similar dilemmas and highlights the fact that these pressures may still exist in the entertainment industry today.”…“Anna Sambrooks brilliantly evokes the Marilyn Monroe-inspired Candice.”… “… this is a play that has all the addictive appeal of a guilty pleasure.” – Sally Stott – The Stage

“Dylan Costello has written a beautiful play”… “Julia Effertz as the stoic but lovable Ava was a standout performance”…“Tim Blackwell as George… was heartbreakingly rendered; you feel as much sympathy for him as revulsion…” – Toni Stott-Rates – Public Reviews

“The shifts between times are effortless, and it’s a credit to director Manolis Emmanouel for seamlessly blending together the plots from both timeframes.”… “Writer Dylan Costello provides an engaging and well-paced script.”…“Anna Sambrooks and Dee-Dee Samuels lit up the stage whenever they were on it, providing a delicious dose of cattiness and camp.”… “Sid Phoenix is delightfully nervous and innocent as the young Patrick.” – QX Magazine

“Erotic and intriguing…” …“Secret Boulevard successfully exposes the cruelty of Tinseltown’s machinery…” …“Julia Effertz as Ava and David Shackleton as Pat gave powerful and convincing performances…” – Boyz Magazine

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