Just A Gigolo (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Just A Gigolo

A literate, bawdy, touching production about Lady Chatterlerly's real lover

Playwright Stephen Lowe’s DH Lawrence trilogy comes to a neat and naughty conclusion (following Fox and The Little Vixens and Empty Bed Blues) with this fine one-man show directed by Lowe and performed by veteran British actor Maurice Roëves. Roëves plays Angelino Ravagli, the one-time lover of Frieda Lawrence whose affair with the famous author’s wife apparently seeded the inspiration for randy gamekeeper Mellors in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Lowe’s play is set in Taos, Mexico in the late 1950s, where Ravagli reminisces about his long life with the Lawrences and, in particular, his decision to leave his Italian wife and children and join the widowed Frieda in Taos, where he became her third husband and, after her death, inherited DH’s infamous ‘obscene’ paintings.

It’s these erotic images (still banned from exhibition in the UK, but here projected onto the stage) that prompt the elderly Italian stallion to reveal all. This is a clever, literate, bawdy, funny, touching and beautifully performed production.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13), 3.20pm, £14--£15 (£13--£14).

Just a Gigolo

  • 4 stars

Maurice Roeves (The Damned United) stars as the real Lady Chatterley's Lover, and reveals the hidden truths behind D H Lawrence's forbidden paintings in this smart new comedy from George Devine Award-winning writer, Stephen Lowe. Ages 16+. Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson, Assembly and Lakeside Arts Centre.