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Devon, 1984... 

How do you survive being gay at high school with only Culture Club, Eurythmics and Tears for Fears on your side...? A funny and painfully honest solo performance about beating the bullies with the magic force fields of pop music and acting in school plays. 

Raw confessions from an era when being picked on for a sexuality you barely understood felt more like Orwell’s 1984 than the real one. A bittersweet celebration of a time when you revelled in the innocently uncool joys of Kajagoogoo like your life depended on it. Because maybe it actually did. 

First crushes. Dancing to your Walkman. Trying to tape the Top 40 without the DJ talking over it. A long time ago... but maybe not all that different from now. “Do you really want to hurt me?” 

Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria, performed by Ryan Price. Suitable for ages 15+. 


A scratch version of this play was longlisted for the national Heretic Voices monologue prize at the Arcola Theatre. Ben’s latest play made the top 100 list for the Verity Bargate Award.

Praise for Ben’s previous work:

“a rollercoaster ride of sensations...a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” (The Times)

“a rich and layered portrait...a garden full of many delights...extraordinarily powerful” (Time Out)

“quirky, unusual...hilarious, intriguing and eventually moving... One of the 5 Best Shows in London” (Mark Shenton, BBC Radio London)

“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek Jarman's life and world.” (Neil Tennant - Pet Shop Boys)

"SantaMaria’s use of lighting, costumes and space will make you forget you’re in a small understated theatre, bringing you closer to the characters and the plot.” (Theatre Weekly)

Developed with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Sunday 18th - Monday 19th February 2018 at 7:30pm

TICKETS £12.00 (£10.00 concession)

Concessions apply to OAPs, Unemployed, Students and Equity Members. You will be required to show your valid Student / Equity card at Box Office when you collect your tickets.

Refunds are not available. 

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Drinks can be taken into the auditorium but we ask that you take your glasses back down to the bar at the end of the show.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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