Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England

Why I Stuck a flare up my arse for england

“This is football. This is what defines my happiness. It’s what fills my soul with joy and despair.”


Billy and his best mate Adam are die-hard football fans. It’s how they spend every weekend without fail. It’s their escape, it’s their religion, it’s their life. When Billy and Adam find themselves with a new group of mates, they start to take their support one step further. Finally feeling a part of something new, something dangerous, something exciting. Billy goes viral for sticking a flare between his bum cheeks before England's final, and he begins to question his own love of the beautiful game. 


RoxyDog Productions presents Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England. A blistering new solo show, written and performed by Alex Hill and directed by Sean Turner. ‘Flare’ asks what it means to be a "die-hard" football fan and explores themes of belonging, tribalism, and toxic masculinity. 


Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England returns to The Old Red Lion Theatre after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023.


 ‘Boozy, ballsy, brilliantly executed’ - Entertainment Now ★★★★★

‘A brave work of subversive genius’ - The Scotsman ★★★★


‘A Gem of A Play’ - Broadway Baby ★★★★★

‘Remarkably fluent…. Explosive!’ - The Stage 


‘Plenty to feel, see and love about this original work… infinitely important’ - Entertainment Now


‘Certain to give some audience members whiplash… As beautiful as it is thought-provoking’ - Corr Blimey ★★★★★


‘Priceless comic charm’ - The Reviews Hub


Beyond the Curtain ★★★★★

Chrisparkle ★★★★★

London Fringe Theatre Review ★★★★★

Theatre and tonic ★★★★★

Binge Fringe ★★★★

Guillem Balagué ★★★★


Suitable for ages 18+

(This show contains strong language and themes of suicide and drug abuse)


Writer and Performer: Alex Hill

Director: Sean Turner

Sound Designer: Sam Baxter

Dramaturg: Jake Vithana




Ticket information:

Performance dates: Tuesday 26th until Saturday 30th September

Performance time: 7.30 pm 

Tickets: £14


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