A gay man walks through Soho, thinking over the losses and triumphs of the past 50 years of gay experience. There, right across the street he spots a young motorcyclist parking his bike… and is impelled to cross the road and introduce himself. Written on the fiftieth anniversary of the U.K.’s Sexual Offenses Act, which partly decriminalized sex between men, Starving Artists offers up the oft-ignored warning: things haven’t changed all that much. Both hilarious and deeply moving, this celebration of LGBTQ+ history blends solo theatre with stand-up to glorious effect.
Written by British writer Godfrey Hamilton and performed by American actor Mark Pinkosh, Let Me Look At You premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and has since been seen at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and across the UK. Starving Artists have previously won two Fringe First awards and Pinkosh was awarded the first-ever Stage Award For Acting Excellence. Hamilton’s prolific body of work includes over thirty plays.
Founded in Honolulu in 1983, Starving Artists, working out of Los Angeles and London, have been seen in New Zealand, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Paris, Munich, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco, as well as across the UK.
A pioneering theatre with a unique Northern Voice, locally rooted, global in outlook, inspiring artists, audiences and communities to reach their greatest potential. We produce and present inspiring theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain. We provide the resources, space and support to grow people and ideas, are an ambassador for our city, a flagship for our region and a welcoming home for our communities. Through our work with schools and local communities we engage with thousands of young people, disabled groups and adults, offering opportunities to participate in the arts, whether as the first step into a career, a way to build confidence and meet new people, or as part of a rounded education. During our Year of Exceptional Drama as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 we welcomed a record number of 108,000 audience members at our home in Hull and on tour around the UK. We were thrilled to work with a wide range of internationally renowned artists and companies to stage 13 home-produced plays, including 7 new commissions. We have announced our ambitious equality and diversity plans as part of our commitment to opening up access to all aspects of the theatre. The animation below details how and why we will be ensuring our doors are well and truly flung open to all. It was developed by the theatre’s Inclusion Action Group.