OR, the Brutal Unpleasant Atmosphere of this Most Disagreeable Season: A Theatrical Essay


France. Sometime in the 1500s. Boy meets boy.

Etienne and Montaigne spend six hot years together. Hot like intellectually hot. Or other Hot. Which is my preference. Then, because it’s the late 1500s and public health was not yet a thing, Etienne falls gravely ill with dysentery and dies aged 33.

Montaigne is just 30 at that point. He lives for another 30 years and never feels that passion again.

Hundreds of years in the future The Second American Civil War has transformed the country.

And two queer radicals meet in the fallout. But can their desire survive a revolution?

Trainers... a brand new play by Sylvan Oswald, asks what separates us from each other, our bodies and ourselves, and how we might complete one another. This queer visionary adventure story explores the different ways we can be lovers and activists and humans and what it takes to train for a revolution.

Critic reviews

A post-everything shaggy-dog story, brought to weird, vibrant life

Time Out

It's a political and radical experience

Broadway World

Sylvan Oswald’s beautifully weird story set in a parallel queer reality 1

The Stage

Sylvan Oswald gives a dystopian twist to the French essayist’s ideas on borders to explore modern gender politics

The Guardian

While it is evident that a lot of queer theory and big ideas have been consulted during the process of making this show, disappointingly little has been clearly conveyed in the end result

The Guardian

This production sweats abstract intent, but how do you want Trainers to make us feel


Date & time

Show ended
Thu 27 Feb - Sat 21 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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