Thu 28th Dec 2023

Time: 8:00pm


Written & Performed by Jess Darnell
28 December 2023 • 8pm / Doors at 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS

Last night I bought a bottle of wine and pulled four tarot cards.

I got The Moon, The Emperor, The 10 of Wands, and the Death card…

…so then I opened the wine. 

In his first-ever solo piece, Jess Darnell presents a series of poems, monologues, and characters based on breakups, chance encounters, city life, and dreams. A horror story of love and loss, coffee and confessions, We Were Always Doomed encourages us to release the past and empower ourselves as we follow a young man’s journey out of a love that is bleeding him dry and into a life that is far more magical than he could have ever imagined.

About Jess Darnell • Writer & Performer

Jess Darnell is a Queer actor, artist, and author. He studied Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK, where he composed his first novella, The Golden Ballroom. His first collection of poetry, Only Jewels, was released in May 2021. He now lives in East London and calls himself a DJ, clown, and witch. Jess is also the creator and host of Happy Queer Mind, a poetry and lifestyle podcast for LGBTQ+ individuals which is available on all platforms. His short film, I Miss You, I Miss London received an honourable mention in Dekkoo’s Love & Distance competition in 2020. We Were Always Doomed is his first-ever solo presentation on a London stage.

About Lara Robinson • Producer

Lara is an actor, theatre-maker and producer living in London, UK. As an actor working for the last 20 years, she is perhaps best known to audiences for her work in the ABC comedy Upper Middle Bogan, across its critically acclaimed three-season run. Lara moved to the UK from Australia to attend The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s MA Theatre Lab program, where she focused on the transition to theatre-making and performance. The facilitation of other artists is integral to her creative focus. She recently directed a short play at Hounslow Art Centre’s Write Around The Clock for Dementia UK and works as a cabaret and comedy producer, recently including Camp Cabaret (November 2022, May 2023) and April Storm Perry’s Accept or Decline (August 2023), both at The Glory, London.

NOTE: Tickets may be purchased online or at the door with cash.


Please note The Glory is a queer venue run by queer people, for queer people and their allies. We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny and discrimination of any kind. Be respectful or you will be asked to leave. Strictly no office, hen or stag parties allowed.


The Glory is a very old building with pre-existing accessibility issues and while we’ve strived to make the space user friendly, there is no ‘easy’ wheelchair accessibility to all areas of the venue.


The main bar is accessible, though the toilets are up a flight of 3 stairs with a handrail. Wheelchairs cannot access the toilets however. There is a local restaurant a few doors down who have an accessible toilet that they are happy for our customers to use.


To access shows in the basement there is a narrow flight of 12 stairs with a handrail.


The main bar has plenty of seats and tables. Ticketed shows are seated unless otherwise stated.