Its Brixton in the early 1960s. Same-sex relationships are illegal. Charlie and Harry are hairdressers who have been kept together for 20 years by quick humour and dreams. Charlie has been arrested in a pub while sitting on a mans knee. He anxiously awaits a court summons. Harry has his own troubles " his hair is rapidly falling out. Running through this comedy is the sadness of those unable to live openly; condemned by the law and the public to an undercover life. Change may be in the air but for them it might as well be a hundred years away. Staircase is a clarion call for a more accepting and generous society; for a world where people can be who they are in their hearts; where love is love and that love is championed in all its forms.