About Varnish

5 Stars

You simply must see it

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It takes star quality to get adopted
…and Jonathan Mayor has it.

“I was chosen, you see. Right from the start. They weren’t prepared to leave the quality of their offspring to chance!”

In an explosion of sequins and songs, our prince of stage and screen is every inch the superstar.

It’s been a tough journey from the cobbled streets of Oldham to the glamour of Hollywood. Tougher still for a Scottish-Mauritian adopted son of white parents. But let’s not dwell on that… your fabulous host is here to entertain you!

Inspired by stand-up comedian Jonathan Mayor’s real life, Varnish is a blistering new play from Janet Taylor, exploring transracial adoption and the struggle for identity.

Snap up your hot ticket to join Jonathan's live, star-studded audience and buckle up for belly laughs in this darkly flamboyant, varnished version of the truth.


Cast: Jonathan Mayor

Writer - Janet Taylor
Director - Molly Byrne
Lighting and Sound Designer - Han Sayles
Composer - Steve Pycroft
Photography - Andy Hollis

About Doubletake Theatre

Doubletake Theatre is a new collaborative theatre company created by Ella Pound and Molly Byrne, focusing on the development of new writing. The company prioritises work which takes a second glance at familiar narratives and structures, offering a ‘double-take’.

Doubletake is always conscious of its relationship with an audience, playful with form, and compelled by theatre which acknowledges what it is. Doubletake love work which is curious, witty, queer, and genre-bending.

Doubletake Theatre Website

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