Narcissus at the Chiswick Playhouse

Image above: William Dunleavy as Mikey in Narcissus

Narcissus tells the story of a group of gay friends in a big city far from home as they chase the opportunities youth and beauty affords them.

Written and performed by William Dunleavy, his character Mikey enthrals the audience as he reminisces wistfully over the twists and turns of a wild night out in the pursuit of the best celebrity party they could find. A night which takes the penniless trio away from what they know and into a world of glamour, before jarring them back to reality.

The play uses the relationship between the hedonistic friends to explore the ties between vanity and insecurity, sex and love, friendship and selfishness and ultimately, the cruel reality of fading youth. It’s all fun and games until your hairline starts receding.

William’s captivating performance in this one man monologue show is delivered with such authenticity, you could be forgiven for thinking the events were plucked from a night of his own life.

Image above: William Dunleavy as Mikey in Narcissus

Produced by new theatre company Taste in your Mouth and supported by Culture Ireland, the play premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2021, and was sold out.

Narcissus runs at the Chiswick Playhouse until 15 January. Click here for tickets.

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