“The play is informative and embodies the spirit of the community at the fore front of the story"
Nominated in 2022 for Best New Play at the prestigious Olivier Awards, Cruise has arrived in Manchester for a strictly limited season after wowing London’s West End audiences last summer. Originally debuting as an online stream in lockdown, the play has continued to be developed and now receives its regional premiere at HOME.
Performed and created by Jack Holden, Cruise is based on a true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth. A young gay man diagnosed with HIV in 1984 is given nothing but a few years to live. Jack volunteered at one of the oldest LGBTQ+ helplines ‘Switchboard’ where he learned of Michael’s story which inspired the play.