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BLEACH

British Exist Theatre

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Venue:48 Below, Under The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 0234
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Basement Bar
AUG 3-11 at 15:45 (60 min)
 
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Tyler sells his body to hungry punters on a nightly basis. But his working routine is about to spiral out of control and he'll be left questioning whether living in London is really worth the price of rent.

Bleach is a darkly humorous, soul-jolting, new one man show written and performed by Dan Ireland-Reeves.

Presented by British Exist Theatre, the same company that bought you the hit Edinburgh Fringe productions of Jesus Camp the musical comedy and Man Enough.

★★★★
The Arts Review

★★★★
The Outmost

★★★★
Jack the Lad Mag

Nominated for Outstanding Male Performance at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2017.

Bleach contains strong language and adult themes.
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August 6, 2017  Broadway Baby
There are downsides to most jobs and many come with dangers, hidden or otherwise, but there are usually compensatory factors as well. Working as a rent boy is no exception. Through the character of Tyler Everett, Bleach lays bare one gay boy’s daily ups and downs on the game and exposes a shattering, dark ‘event’.

Writer and performer, Dan Ireland-Reeves, is young and fresh-faced. He has an attractive good-looking ordinariness about him that suggests he’s trustworthy and honest. These qualities validate Tyler’s story and give it credibility. Tyler speaks openly and descriptively. He comes across as just one more ordinary lad who left a dull home in a boring town to find another existence in London. Selling his body wasn't the only option open to him. He could have made money in a regular job, as he did from time to time, but he chose to become a male escort. The hedonistic life of drugs, drink and sex appealed to him and for the most part it was easy money. Most clients weren't that demanding and he came to enjoy what he saw as the kinkier demands of the few. Then, one evening, a reliable regular wanted something rather different and Tyler’s life changed for ever.

On a basement stage that accommodates little more that two steps in any direction, Dan uses the space and his luminous stool to effectively locate the various episodes; the otherwise cramped location aiding the intimacy of Tyler’s tale. He speaks eloquently and clearly, if a little hurriedly at times. Moments of soulful reflection are contrasted with adrenaline-fuelled frustration and fear. The style is simple; there are no hidden depths and nothing profound and it is all the more endearing for that. He presents himself as he, effectively saying, “This is me. This is my story. Make of it what you will. I just want you to hear it”.

Having already won the Write for the Stage award for New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017 Dan Ireland-Reeves is clearly a talent to look out for. Bleach has certainly bump-started his career and is sure to entertain his audiences. Click Here

August 4, 2017  Broadway Baby
Bleach Broadway Baby Review
Writer and performer, Dan Ireland-Reeves, is young and fresh-faced. He has an attractive good-looking ordinariness about him that suggests he’s trustworthy and honest. These qualities validate Tyler’s story and give it credibility. Tyler speaks openly and descriptively. He comes across as just one more ordinary lad who left a dull home in a boring town to find another existence in London. Selling his body wasn't the only option open to him. He could have made money in a regular job, as he did from time to time, but he chose to become a male escort. The hedonistic life of drugs, drink and sex appealed to him and for the most part it was easy money. Most clients weren't that demanding and he came to enjoy what he saw as the kinkier demands of the few. Then, one evening, a reliable regular wanted something rather different and Tyler’s life changed for ever.

On a basement stage that accommodates little more that two steps in any direction, Dan uses the space and his luminous stool to effectively locate the various episodes; the otherwise cramped location aiding the intimacy of Tyler’s tale. He speaks eloquently and clearly, if a little hurriedly at times. Moments of soulful reflection are contrasted with adrenaline-fuelled frustration and fear. The style is simple; there are no hidden depths and nothing profound and it is all the more endearing for that. He presents himself as he, effectively saying, “This is me. This is my story. Make of it what you will. I just want you to hear it”.

Having already won the Write for the Stage award for New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017 Dan Ireland-Reeves is clearly a talent to look out for. Bleach has certainly bump-started his career and is sure to entertain his audiences. Click Here

May 3, 2017  The Arts Review
The Arts Review- Bleach Review
In his excellent comedy show, “Smart Casual,” comedian David Mills tops his list of things that have gone out of fashion, but haven't quite realised it yet, with gay. For Mills, as for many others, gay is so over. They could have a point. Marriage equality, corporate sponsorship of Gay Pride, the Eurovision Song Contest, Graham Norton, gay has become so mainstream, it seems it practically is the mainstream. Some would even go so far as to argue that there’s no longer a need for a Gay Pride parade. So is there a need for an International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival? In light of the above, you could argue, possibly not. Yet in light of the mass shooting in Pulse Nightclub in Florida almost a year ago, and of what’s reported to be happening in Chechnya today, you might say it’s needed now more than ever.

At its best, gay theatre has produced some hugely important works and world class writers over the centuries. There are countless precedents here, from Oscar Wilde, the original inspiration for the IDGTF, through to “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Angels in America” and our own “High Heels in Low Places,” to name but a few. Standard bearers dealing with relevant issues, be that AIDS or homophobia, as well as hugely important theatrical works in their own right. With works from homegrown acts, as well as an international contingent from England, the U.S.A., Germany, Canada, Mexico and Scotland, IDGTF certainly has high ambitions of being part of that theatrical legacy. But can the largest LGBT festival in the world deliver on those ambitions?


On the evidence of “Bleach” by British writer and performer, Dan Ireland-Reeves, produced by British Exist Theatre, the IDGTF is certainly off to a solid start. A one-man performance, “Bleach” weaves a dark tale of Tyler Everett, a small-town boy in the big, London smoke, who becomes a rent boy for the money, and for the sex. You have to enjoy what you do, Tyler claims, and he most certainly does, with his quicksilver knapsack full of all the essentials he needs to make the night work. Maybe it’s because he’s now a Londoner, but money is what matters most at the end of the day, and any way you can get it is okay in the end, right? Yet in the streets and penthouses of London, the havoc a rent boy subjects his body to is nothing compared to the insidious damage to his soul, sold, like his body, for whatever he can get for it. In the end, it might all be too much, living life so close to the dark it could be snuffed out in a moment. But when the road to hell is littered with not just good intentions, but bad ones too, or no intentions at all, seeking the ultimate disconnect from yourself might just be the inevitable, final disconnect to top all those that have already gone before.

With “Bleach” Dan Ireland-Reeves delivers a powerful, gripping and intelligent script that walks through the clichés, yet avoids them in the process. Yes, there’s drugs, danger, sex, and even dangerous sex, but that’s not where the darkness lies. From the outset, Tyler Everett’s darkness is a darkness of the soul, one that disconnects him morally and personally from all that he knows should matter, allowing him to do those darker things he knows he should never accept as normal. He wants it to matter, yet he’s driven to explain why it doesn’t, to rationalise it, excuse it, and himself, begging for your forgiveness and understanding, yet not really caring enough if you do understand. Throughout “Bleach,” interest is maintained in Tyler’s struggles, for the most part, though it does slacken off about the three-quarter mark for a spell when musings become ramblings, losing a little of their impact in the process. Yet once normal service resumes, Tyler’s harrowing tale becomes all the more harrowing for being utterly recognisable. The context might be that of a rent boy in extreme circumstances, but the moral and personal experience it speaks to is frighteningly familiar.

Ireland-Reeves as Tyler delivers a deceptively understated performance, offering what almost looks like raw inexperience at times, that's utterly beguiling and wonderfully effective. His portrayal of a young man whose soul is almost extinguished, dimmed down to the point where there’s just enough light left to highlight the darkness, just enough feeling left to know he feels nothing, is always credible and engaging, showing just enough naivety and vulnerability to remind us that there is still someone here worth saving. Director Bethan Francis keeps pace moving along, delivering a production that, if it shows a little anxiousness in places, hits just the right level of intensity for the most part.

There may be something old-school-fringe about IDGTF, with its off-centre and underground venues, but sometimes that’s where precious gems are found. “Bleach” is one such gem. For IDGTF isn’t just about representing, or celebrating, gay culture through theatre, it’s also about interrogating it, questioning it, as part of the larger human experience. This “Bleach” does very, very well. Pulling no punches, "Bleach" doesn’t feel the need to rain them down on you either, and becomes even more powerful for not trying to be overtly powerful. A potential underground classic, "Bleach" could very well turn into an over ground success. Be able to say you saw it when, and go see it now.

“Bleach” by Dan Ireland-Reeves, produced by British Exist Theatre, runs at The Outhouse, Capel Street, as part of The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival until May 6th Click Here

May 2, 2017  The Outmost
The Outmost- Bleach Review
This a darkly funny and in-your-face one-man show that tells the story of Tyler Everett, a young and very unapologetic rent boy, as he navigates his way through the seedier side of modern London.



Written by and starring Dan Reeves-Ireland, in some ways this bad-boy tale may be a familiar enough one for Gay Theatre Festival audiences, but what sets it apart is the quality of the writing, along with a stand-out performance by Reeves-Ireland. In Tyler he creates a complex character who is both cynical and manipulative, but almost impossible not to like for his honesty and insight.

It’s a very fine line to tread for an actor, but Reeves-Ireland manages it with aplomb, offsetting the play’s darker moments with flashes of a barbed wit. It all makes for a gripping, shocking story. Recommended. Click Here

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