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Sandel, Above the Stag
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Me with the Sandel Cast
Photographer: Glenn Chandler

Just a very quick post to say that I had THE best time with the Sandel creatives and cast when I visited them during rehearsals at Above The Stag Theatre to interview them for my upcoming feature on Vada Magazine.

Cut and pasted from the Above the Stag Website:

20 May - 14 June 2014
by Glenn Chandler | adapted from the novel by Angus Stewart

Glenn Chandler's beautiful adaptation of the well-known cult gay classic was one of the major critical hits at last year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Set in Oxford in the 1960s, it tells the story of a love affair between a 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers, and a precocious and beautiful Cathedral choirboy, Antony Sandel. When David is sent down after infringing college regulations, he is given a job as a teacher at the choir school - where Sandel is still a pupil. Add David's catholic friend Bruce, who is studying to be a priest, to the mix and the stage is set for a powerful showdown.

Though even more controversial today than it was in the 60s, Sandel is nevertheless very funny, witty and light-hearted, a tale about what love can do in any age when it takes over your life. The uncompromising ending left Edinburgh audiences stunned in their seats. Sandel is bound to both delight and shock.

*Angus Stewart's Sandel, long out of print, has now been republished by Pilot Press.

More details and tickets for Sandel, Above the Stag:

My previous features on Sandel can be found here:


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Having finally read the novel, which is a little long-winded at times, I now appreciate having seen this really tight little play even more. Good to see that 'Bruce' from the Fringe production is still involved. :-)

"Bruce" from the Fringe production is indeed back, reprising his role. But there are two new actors taking on the roles of David Rogers and Antony Sandel. The play will also be slightly longer, now running for about an hour and a half, rather than an hour and fifteen minutes, so there is extra dialogue and a couple of extra scenes. I am very much looking forward to seeing the all new Sandel on its Press Night on Thursday 22 May and seeing what the new actors playing David and Antony bring to their parts. I have also set myself the challenge of reading the novel Sandel by Press Night. I will let you know how I get on with that one!

And yes, Glenn Chandler is a great adaptor and is very adept at taking a novel and adapting it for the stage.

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