Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage – reviews

a man and woman both wearing red rugby shirts. The man is at the front facing forwards holding a rugby ball and the woman is stood behind facing the wall where coats are hanging

“I have no interest in rugby whatsoever, don’t know one end of the ball from the other, but this drama with its very respectful treatment of working people and damaged people had me spellbound and very close to tears.”
British Theatre Guide

“This show is, entirely subjectively, the literal best thing that has happened in the world since we took the Six Nations from England by 30 points to THREE in the final match of 2013 and I almost pushed a whole table over in The Albion”
Megan Vaughan, Synonyms for Churlish

★★★★★
“Brilliant. It wrenches the gut and makes the soul sing… Staggeringly moving”
The Times

★★★★
“A complex and powerful play… A joyful, hopeful experience.”
Time Out

★★★★
“All six members of a vigorous cast play Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in this rousing verbatim piece… [It] speaks with potent immediacy about isolation, deception, candour and compassion.”
London Evening Standard

★★★★
“A cracking, heartfelt evening about the private cost of public exposure. It’s also a tribute to the sense of community it takes to grow a star”
The Mail on Sunday

★★★★
“A fantastically moving documentary play… Emotionally it’s a wallop – the two principal stories build towards darkness then edge painstakingly into the light – and I wept like a baby throughout the the second half. It’s a tremendous evening”
The Sunday Times

★★★★
“Poignant… Lovely moments of humour…. Packs a real punch. Inspiring stuff”
The Western Mail/Wales Online

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

★★★★
“Thomas’ story is extraordinary… Drama, laughs and good acting”
The Stage

★★★★
“It knits together the biography of the gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas and his struggle to come out, with tragic, tricky tales drawn from the spate of teen suicides in Bridgend. The two plotlines come together to make a powerful harmony. An eye-opening and heartening piece”
The Independent

★★★★★
“This may be a moving story with some real dark times, but it is told with a wonderful and realistic sense of humour which is pitched perfectly in the script and delivered with superb comic timing by the whole cast… Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone”
The Public Reviews

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