Hunky dream boy Lex and bright spark Bradley are falling for each other. Big time. After three months, Lex has decided that tonight’s the night but Bradley’s not so sure he wants to go all the way… Undetectable is love story for the post-chemsex generation
Undetectable is the modern-day love story of two new lovers learning to open up to each other, it tackles the issues of Aids, chem sex, racism, sexuality, the use of the Aids prevention medication Prep and slut-shaming to name just a few. It leaves the audience asking questions about the positives and negatives of the current culture of dating apps, drugs and sex parties.
Whilst covering so many current and controversial topis in one 75 minute performance could feel like a Rolodex of current LBGTQ+ issues the script manages to keep a balance so conversations feel real, contemporary and raw. Although on the face of it this might seem like a heavy and serious range of topics to go through in such a short play at its heart is a sweet love story and the audience ends up really rooting for this couple to find the common ground and give in to their developing love for each other. It’s as laugh out loud funny as it is thought-provoking. Both cast members give stellar performances as the show races through contrasting emotions.
The energy and momentum build slowly at first, culminating in a fast-paced montage scene which really shows a clear snapshot of a certain type of casual sex and chemsex party scene in a clear and impactful way. The sound and lighting in this section of the play, in particular, are really noteworthy and effective.
Funny, heartfelt, raw and honest, Undetectable at The King’s Head has it all, and it’s an important and timely look into contemporary relationship issues. Undetectable is on at The King’s Head until the 7th of March, tickets start from £19.50 and can be booked directly through The King’s Head website.
Tickets were gifted in exchange for review, all words and opinions are my own.