Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Between is written by Rudy Percival and produced by current and graduate students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The musical follows the story of three gay men as they navigate the complexities of love and relationships, with a plot that is loosely based on the real-life actions of the infamous American serial killer, Andrew Cunanan (who informs the character of James).
In the first scene, James comes to visit his ex-boyfriend, Aaron, in Portland. On the first night of his stay, he invites Aaron’s new lover, Leo to the apartment, and shoots and murders him in cold blood. James’ actions become the axis upon which the plot rotates. The scenes that spiral out from this event consist of flashbacks providing an intimate view into Aaron and Leo’s relationship and infidelities, interspersed with the deeply sinister scenes of the present, detailing James’ sociopathic infatuation with Aaron as he forces him to escape the crime scene in Portland towards the Mexican border through the expansive settings of the Nevada desserts.
This multi-temporal plot eventually unravels in a hellish nightmare sequence, followed by Aaron’s dramatic declaration of love for Leo, something he was never able to say when Leo was living. Overhearing Aaron, James nearly kills him, but in a final twist, Aaron takes control of the gun and injures him. Neither die, and the show ends on an ambiguous suggestion that the police have finally caught up with the runaways…
This film contains a selection of scenes from the show: Leo and Aaron’s flashbacks, and two of Aaron’s final solo songs. Consider it a virtual scratch performance.