Really Want to Hurt Me

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria

Really Want To Hurt Me

Performed by Ryan Price

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Flaming Theatre’s hit dark comedy with dance sequences comes to Plymouth after sold-out dates at London’s Soho Theatre, Theatre503 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Exeter, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s 1984. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Hating yourself. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive.

Featuring a classic ‘80s soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more, Really Want To Hurt Me speaks directly to young LGBTQ people’s experiences today as well as to older generations.

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence shortlisted.

★★★★ “Enchanting. Funny and uneasy in equal measure, this quietly beautiful show is one not to be missed.” The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “Wow, this is powerful stuff. Hilarious. A cracking script and a superb actor. Wonderful.” London Theatre 1
★★★★ “Something special.” Stage Talk
★★★★ “Heart-wrenching.” LGBTQ Arts Review

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Developed with support from Soho Theatre Young Company.

Running time: 75 mins (no interval).

Age guidance 14+.