Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth is an intricately plotted drama about a man haunted by feelings of guilt and shame over an incident in his past. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 1 February 2001.
Playwright Frank is suffering from AIDS. Having just been through a rather nasty eye operation, the play opens with him talking to his close friend, Laura. The serenity of the scene is interrupted by the ominous sound of a motorbike revving in the distance, before flashing back to Frank’s lunch the day before with his preoccupied doctor, Gompertz. He tries to confess to an incident from his past that is haunting him but can’t quite seem to find the right moment before we are hurled back in time once more to the incident in question. The play explores notions of guilt and death, as well as our inability to truly know even our closest acquaintances.
The Royal Court premiere was directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Mark Thompson, and performed by Michael Maloney, Lindsay Duncan, Adam Godley, Peter Wight, Andrew McKay, Lucy Whybrow and Barnaby Kay.
The production transferred to the Albery Theatre, London, on 17 May 2001.