Out of Joint, National Theatre Wales & Arcola Theatre, with Sherman Cymru, present

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

Photos of rugby player Gareth Thomas, split in half, one being in a Wales rugby shirt, and the other topless both with his arms crossed.

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

★★★★
“Riveting… A cracking, heartfelt evening”
Mail on Sunday

★★★★
“Joyful”
Time Out

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“If you’re the first to do something you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it”.

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 Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of tabloid intrusion following the deaths of several young residents.

Working with Gareth himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies – Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales – have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.


Directed by Max Stafford-Clark

Writer Robin Soans is celebrated for his documentary verbatim plays based on interviews with real people, including Out of Joint’s acclaimed shows Mixed Up North, A State Affair and Talking to Terrorists which was nominated Best Play at the TMA awards and has had subsequent productions overseas including in Tehran. Others include Life After Scandal about Christine and Neil Hamilton, and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, which also spawned a book of recipes. His most recent play was the fictional drama Perseverance Drive, which played to great praise at the Bush Theatre in 2014.

Designer Angela Davies
Lighting Designer Katy Morison
Sound designer Dyfan Jones
Movement Director Scott Graham

Cast: Rhys ap William, Patrick Brennan, Katie Elin-Salt, Daniel Hawksford, Lauren Roberts, Bethan Witcomb


Out of Joint makes and tours plays that are epic, inquisitive, original and authentic: entertaining theatre that broadens horizons and ask questions of our times. “The mighty Out of Joint” Time Out; “Inventive, individual and humane” Whatsonstage.com

National Theatre Wales has made theatre in forests, up mountains, on beaches, in nightclubs and across entire towns. They collaborate with storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas making theatre rooted in Wales with an international reach. “National Theatre Wales reinvents the language of theatre every time it puts on a show” Daily Telegraph

In its converted paint factory in Dalston, East London, Arcola Theatre presents new writing and forgotten classics to a local and international audience. World-class productions of plays, operas and musicals appear alongside exciting young companies. “One of the great success stories of the British Theatre” The Stage

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