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Renaissance Men


by James Patrick & Alexander Knott


“George Bataille said eroticism is assenting to life up to the point of death.


 He was a filthy bugger. French.”


In a squalid London flat, Irvine (bookish, but not musty), has been having the dreams again. Something happened at The Brass Cat. But Irvine doesn’t want to talk about that.


Winston’s giving up drinking. Once he’s had his last beer for breakfast, last rum and coke for dinner – and wasn’t there a bottle of wine that needed finishing?


And Quentin’s discovered a lost masterpiece in a charity shop in Streatham. All his dreams are about to come true.


“I’m gonna open an art supply shop. There’s gonna be a discount if you can prove you’re skint. They’re gonna be free if you can prove you’re a great artist!”


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A bleak and bitter comedy from Bag of Beard, ‘Renaissance Men’ takes a long hard look at toxic masculinity, the Millennial Generation’s love of nostalgia, and asks if we should really sell priceless lost artwork for booze money?


Following a sell-out showing at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Renaissance Men comes to 53two.


Praise for Renaissance Men:


“Bag of Beard show themselves to be a company at the forefront of contemporary theatre with this simple, profoundly important play.” – Theatre Weekly



“A fantastically refreshing story examining the fragile dynamics of modern day male friendships. An utter delight to watch.” – North West End



“A very fine production, featuring dark, witty writing, well drawn characters, and a necessary discussion about masculinity and friendship.” – London Pub Theatres


“A riotous comedy - topical, original and very funny.” – Theatre Things

“Fast paced dialogue and witty text. Renaissance Men is hard to find fault in.”

– A Younger Theatre


Bag of Beard create darkly funny, poetic, abstract, surreal and minimalist theatre, with original words and original music.


19th & 20th April

The Pod


Tickets: £10.00

(£2 Unwaged Tickets Available)