The Convert is a modern stage play set in a future time when society has reverted to the oppression of gay people. Brought to The Facility to be “corrected” Alix and Marcus must learn to deny their natural desires. If their condition is cured they may leave and return to the society. But if they fail, they will be sent to the Other Place, away from their friends and family forever. Failure is not an option, but in this confounding institution, where they only have each other, the greatest threat to their success is their own love.
Chillingly informed by real techniques that are used against LGBTQ+ people, Ben Kavanagh’s imaginative and timely play pitches nightmarish forces against our unerasable, shining humanity.
About the Author
Ben Kavanagh trained at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2011 with an MA HONS in English, Drama & Education. Since then Ben has worked as an Actor, Director, Playwright and Educator both in the UK and Internationally.
As an actor Ben was nominated for an OFFIE for his performance in BOY MEETS BOY (Jermyn Street Theatre). Other stage work includes: TWITSTORM (Park Theatre); CLOSER TO HEAVEN (Union Theatre); THE CONVERT, PARTY (Above The Stag); TWELFTH NIGHT, OTHELLO, RICHARD II (Drayton Theatre); MACBETH (Lion & Unicorn).
Reviews for the Play
“Startling new writing…” Paul Vale, Theatre critic, The Stage
“Excellent new dark satire about Conversion Therapy” — Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
Review: The Convert at Above the Stag, London – ‘Startling new writing about gay conversion therapy’ (thestage.co.uk)
“RECOMMENDED: Ben Kavanagh’s chilling new play THE CONVERT explores the resources we need to endure catastrophe through an alternate reality where our greatest fears are endemic and enduring.”– The Prickle