Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781783192106
Binding: PaperBack

Crouch Touch Pause Engage

Robin Soans


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 ‘Alfie’ Thomas,100 caps for Wales, now one of the world’s most prominent gay sportsmen; and his hometown,Bridgend, itself a victim of tabloid intrusion following the deaths ofseveral young residents.Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, Robin Soans joins forces with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

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ISBN13 9781783192106
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


‘Max Stafford-Clark and Out of Joint’s previous ventures with writer Robin Soans have produced thought-provoking and passionate blasts of political theatre’

'A dynamic six-strong cast shares the role of Alfie; action flows fluidly across time and space. The way the characters work through the tough decisions necessary to open up their engagement with the world illumines our general experience.' Guardian ****

It’s a modest kind of heroism that’s depicted in Robin Soans’s latest documentary - drama and somehow all the more glorious for that. The Times *****

'An eye-opening and heartening piece.'  Independent

'While at times dark and difficult, ultimately the play is a joyful, hopeful experience... Crouch Touch Pause Engage is a grudge match between denial and acceptance, between the individual and the community, in which, in the end, to try is to triumph.' Time Out London

'It boasts robust performances and speaks with potent immediacy about isolation, deception, candour and compassion.' Evening Standard