Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage


Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

19 February - 28 March
Sheman Theatre, Cardiff | Aberystwyth Arts Centre | Pontio presents @ Neuadd Ogwen | Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare | Sony Theatre, Bridgend College


National Theatre Wales, Out of Joint & Arcola Theatre with Sherman Cymru 
Written by Robin Soans
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark

Opening at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Click here for tour dates across Wales and England

“I was doing something nobody had done before, and 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 “Alfie” Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, once its captain, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend.

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


Location: Wales
Members: 71
Latest Activity: May 3, 2022

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re "Outing" 1 Reply

I don't think anyone with different sexual preferences should be victimised.  Provided it takes place among consenting adults.  Children and young people must be protected by law against sexual…Continue

Started by BEE RICHARDS. Last reply by Josh alan Trask Feb 11, 2015.

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Comment by Josh alan Trask on February 11, 2015 at 6:12

Untitled 2a - A Callout

I wonder if people would be interested to read my blog. Its not directly linked to Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage but has a similar theme that I am looking for support.

Josh x

Comment by carmen medway-stephens on January 8, 2015 at 0:48

Excited to see the final draft that makes it to stage> It was a tough time being part of 'that dark place' Bridgend found itself under the worlds media glare. Have been very fortunate to have been a part of this process. From having a chance meeting with Max Stafford Clarke to assisting Max and Robin to source the stories, witnessing the emotional workshops to now seeing it get to stage. I hope people find this a refreshing and above all an authentic and honest piece of work. 

Comment by Rhian Richards on December 18, 2014 at 5:58

Thanks for sharing that Tracy!

I've popped it in the enewsletter for this week and will share on twitter for you too

Best wishes,

Comment by Tracy Evans on December 16, 2014 at 23:26

For those of you in the group interested in being involved in the developing arts scene in Bridgend, please read here for some fantastic opportunities for artists to present work in the town's newest arts & culture hub: Carnegie House, in 2015:   Thanks, Tracy


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