Elphin Productions and Leigh Porter in association with Park Theatre presents 


By Alan Bowne

Directed by Robin Lefevre

'I can live without sex and feel dead or risk death and feel alive'

Torch has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut”, after testing positive for a nameless disease. Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world.

His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm's length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails…

Robin Lefevre has previously won the New York Drama Desk Award for Best Director and is a Tony Award nominee.

Free Post Show Q&A with Terri Paddock - Thu 16 June after 19.45pm show 


“…Alan Bowne’s stunner about love in the plague years…The marvel of Mr. Bowne’s work is the richly raunchy language, tuned to the gritty rhythms of the street. It’s crude yet lyrical…the dialogue sings….They are the Romeo and Juliet of the boroughs, an East Side story…the poetry and power of Beirut….”
Walter Goodman, The New York Times.
“… Alan Bowne makes a statement about sexually transmitted disease that is more powerful than all the soapbox orations which have been attempted theatrically to explore the subject. He deals with the human spirit as it faces the inevitable, and it is a spirit of hope and love, of logic and of empathy …”                          
T H McCulloh, Drama-Logue