Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage
Drama

Arcola

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

20 May 2015 - 20 Jun 2015

£10.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”

On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to “out” him as gay.

This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of intrusion following the deaths of several young residents.

Working with Gareth himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies – Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales – have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Reviews are from Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.

Arcola [Fringe,Off West End]

“Brilliantly... constructs around [Thomas] a narrative as much about his Bridgend community as... the sportsman’s personality. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Out of Joint aims to develop “entertaining theatre that broadens horizons and investigates our times”. Here, it does just that. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“The intensity, deep goodwill and the stark honesty of the piece made it feel greater than the sum of its parts... Loved it. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Warm-hearted and rousing verbatim account of the coming out of former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“While at times dark and difficult, ultimately the play is a joyful, hopeful experience. ”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Cleverly organised... Stafford-Clark... doesn't miss a trick, or a sly forward pass, and his cast do him and Thomas proud. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“The six-strong cast work hard, embodying everyone from Thomas’s rugby-mad parents to Neil Kinnock, and it’s hard not to be moved”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A play whose intentions are admirable, and whose dramatic flaws are balanced by its undeniable virtues as a catalyst for debate.”

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