By Noël Coward
Directed by Kim Durban
Performed by the Second Year Performing Arts Company
Written in 1926 and originally entitled Ritz Bar, Semi-Monde was considered too daring for its time: this reputation was gained because the play represents homosexual characters onstage. It finally received its public premiere only after Coward's death, at the Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, in September 1977. Witty, fast, and full of movement, the play follows a multitude of characters across three January days between 1924-1926. Attraction, loss, intrigue, and scandal abound in a Paris hotel as hearts are lost and found.