Standing on a Nail

Standing on a Nail - A Queer Horror Story

Part of our Homegrown Studio series, this University of Essex student produced show promises to bring something else out of the closet.

  • Thu 23 Feb 23

    19:30 - 22:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Lakeside Theatre

  • Event type

    Arts, culture and performances

  • Event organiser

    Lakeside Theatre

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Standing on a Nail: a Queer Horror Story is a terrifying new play written and directed by University of Essex PHD student Noah Alfred Pantano.

One Gay Bar. Five Gay Men. One Creature.

Part of our homegrown studio series, University of Essex PhD student, Noah Alfred Pantano, presents his spooky tale...

On a particularly slow and uneventful night, five gay men soon find themselves surviving against a paranormal creature locked in the bar’s storage closet. They don’t know what it is. All they do know is that it will get out. As the night continues, tension rise as revelations about their messy relationships and own mortality come to a head.


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Advance Prices

  • Students: £6
  • Concessions: £10
  • Full: £15


On the Door Prices

  • Students: £8
  • Concessions: £12
  • Full: £16



  • Joe Eason – Owen
  • Jake Halimi – Anastasia
  • Eden Camara – Giles
  • A.J. Colley – Warren
  • Aaron Burke – Hugh



  • Mariah Atsev – Production Manager
  • Elliot Richardson – Stage Manager
  • Marina Cusi Sanchez – Intimacy Director
  • Harry Harris – Technical Director
  • Samuel Bell – Assistant Technical Director
  • Noah Alfred Pantano – Writer and Director


Show Guidance

This play is recommended for 16+ and contains adult content.

Strong Language, Frank Talk of Death, Sexual Situations, Violence, Partial Nudity, Extended Periods of Darkness, Strobe, Haze, and Sudden Loud Noises


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Photography and Video Recording are strictly forbidden. The production will be filmed.

Approximately 120 Minutes including a 15 Minute Intermission Followed By A 30 Minute Q&A.