Some Explicit Polaroids is a searing and disturbing examination of the gulf between the leftist non-conformism of the eighties, and the pleasure-hungry culture of the late nineties.
Nick has been in prison since 1984: the ideals he went to prison for were radical, furious and subversive, but fifteen years later he doesn’t recognise the world he returns to. When he turns up at her door after being released from prison, Nick hardly recognises Helen. She was a fellow militant activist in the eighties, but has now bought a council flat and works in local government. Nick meets Nadia, rescuing her from being beaten up again by her sort-of boyfriend. He meets Tim, Nadia’s best friend, who has AIDS and has to take pills almost constantly. Tim has bought Victor from the internet, where Victor offered his fantastic body to the most exciting bidder. And the reason that Nick went to prison is lurking in the background. Nick finds he doesn’t know how the world works anymore, but he’s still angry with it.
Some Explicit Polaroids was first performed in 1999 at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.