King’s Head Theatre and Making Productions



by Robert Chesley


Directed by Ben Anderson


King’s Head Theatre

30 October - 23 November 2019


NB Note 8.45 start time 



Review by Clive Burton


Spunky would also prove an appropriate description of this joyless gay two-hander (Oh, Matron!), a separate production performed almost three decades after it was written.


Robert Chesley’s Jerker is a collection of telephone calls made by queer men in San Francisco hoping to make contact with other thrill-seeking gays looking for instant sexual gratification.


Phone sex formed part of a portfolio of possibilities that included clubs with ‘anything goes’ back rooms, toilet sex, on-street cruising, gay movie houses and all the other specialist opportunities available to gay men before the decimation of their community from AIDS started  to take its toll.


Described as ‘a pornographic elegy’ this short (and graphic) 80-minute one-acter proves entirely un-erotic in its depiction of the passionless passions enacted between Tibu Fortes as Bert and his homo hook up, J.R. (played by newcomer Tom Joyner with all the joyless enthusiasm of a genuine porno star).


Even the services of an Intimacy Director fails to revive this limp excuse for such an indulgent piece. And, for all its talk of erections, dream on…

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