This is the true and very queer tale of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness to deliver their lost love.
Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose and trenchant wit, A Generous Lover recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being gender queer, and occasionally being mistaken for a patient.
Drawing on epic poetry, classical mythology, and queer modernist literature, A Generous Lover fuses psychology, euphonic prose, and song, to create an intimate and beguiling world. Somewhere between a seance and a recital, it delves into psychosis with compassion, hoping to find catharsis.
La JohnJoseph is an associate artist at HOME and works at the intersection of artist film and live performance, investigating the convergence of social class, gender identity, and religious faith in the matrices of social power.
“Horrifying and funny and defiantly beautiful.” – Frieze
“Deftly balances glamour and myth with grim reality mediated through humour.” – Exeunt
“A tender, heart-breaking journey of understanding and deliverance.” – The Stage
“Both Campy and moving, this story of love and insanity mixes humour with pathos.” – New York Times
“Elegant, incisive and intoxicating… A bravura piece.” – The Scotsman
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