Playwright Tim Fountain and actor Bette Bourne will reunite next month for the first time since Fountain’s multi award-winning Resident Alien, the one-man show in which Bourne starred as the late journalist Quentin Crisp. The new one-man play, H-O-T-B-O-I, will receive its world premiere on 15 November 2004 at London’s Soho Theatre, where it continues a strictly limited run to 27 November.

A story about love across the generations, H-O-T-B-O-I s set in Notting Hill, where a young man is longing for a life beyond the pill-popping London club scene and an older man is needing to feel young again.

Resident Alien premiered in 1999 at the Bush Theatre, where Fountain acted as literary manager for four years. During that original run, Quentin Crisp died suddenly while visiting a friend in Manchester. Bourne, who was a close friend of Crisp's, had been due to meet him that week for tea. Nevertheless, the show, which had been created with Crisp's blessing, went on - touring the UK twice, transferring to New York (where Bourne on an Obie Award for Best Actor), Australia and with further runs in London.

Fountain’s other plays include Julie Burchill Is Away, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - both previously seen at Soho, the latter now transferring to the West End’s Arts Theatre later this month (See News, 30 Oct 2004) – and Sex Addict, the controversial one-man show he starred in himself at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe (See The Goss, 24 Aug 2004).

Bourne’s other recent stage credits include The Vortex, The Skin of Our Teeth and Romeo and Juliet. H-O-T-B-O-I is directed by Natasha Betteridge (Julie Burchill Is Away) .

Currently at Soho Theatre, How to Act Around Cops and Vote Dizzy! run concurrently until 6 November (See News, 9 Sep 2004). November also sees runs for Soho’s Black History Month productions of Living Pretty and The Weave (1 to 6 November) and Yellow Earth’s 58, the story of the 58 Chinese immigrants who died trying to get into the UK in 2000 (8 to 13 November).

- by Terri Paddock