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Mr Thomas

Mr Thomas

By Kathy Burke
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848426498, 78 pages, February 2017


"You see, Brenda, I'm not like other men. .."


Kathy Burke's first play is a gritty, darkly funny look at attitudes to homosexuality in the 1950s, a portrait of repressed sexuality and alcoholism – and an homage to the great masters of British theatre, Wilde, Coward, Pinter and Orton.

Mr Thomas premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, in January 1990, directed by the playwright, and starring Ray Winstone as Weaver. Re-issued in this new edition, the play provides rich opportunities for theatre companies, and is a fascinating insight into the work of one of our best-loved actresses.


"What a lovely thing Adam is… a beautiful adaptation of [this true] story. " —Observer

"High-energy and often spectacular theatre. " —Scotsman

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"Fearlessly honest… fresh, interesting and impactful, with a strong message of hope and persistence against bigotry that remains sincere throughout. " —The Skinny

"Compelling… bravely and joyously affirms [trans and non-binary people's] humanity in a time when many political regimes seem to be conspiring to deny it. " —Exeunt Magazine

"No pale recreation, but honest first-person testimony. .. essential viewing. " —Independent

"A big-hearted, moving show that explores both the human urgency of living your truth and the cost of that transformation. " —WhatsOnStage