The angst of being a 15-year-old boy, innocent, guilty of you know not what, unsure of your feelings about yourself and others, occasionally suicidal – I identify with that. But add being gay – or maybe gay – unaware of the true feelings that might be prompting you , and not even able to bring yourself to say the word “gay” – that’s a whole new ball game played out in Really Want to Hurt You.
Rugby player, James Hall, has the world at his feet. Yet despite having a steady girlfriend and a promising career, his life is about to be turned upside down. This funny and poignant one-man show tackles issues of homophobia and sexuality in sport and the pressures of intrusive media attention. With his life crumbling around him, does James have the courage not only to be true to himself, but also to be a role model for others?