Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act “masculine” makes a 14-year-old schoolboy feel more like he’s living in Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman. A celebration of surviving all that life throws at you and escaping into the joys of pop music like your life depends on it. Because in a way it actually does. A long time ago… but are things really that different now? “Do you really want to hurt me?”
A funny, bittersweet and painfully honest new one-person play about growing up gay in rural Britain in the ‘80s, with sharp relevance for the struggles of LGBTQ teenagers today, and a soundtrack featuring Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins and more. Pick of the Festival at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. Sell-out dates at the Old Red Lion. Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company.
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