Flaming Theatre presents

Really Want to Hurt Me

By Ben SantaMaria

Saturday 26 October 2019, 7.45pm

Neville Studio - Tickets: £12 (£10 concs)

14+ - 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)


Flaming Theatre’s hit dark comedy about growing up gay in the ’80s. Featuring dance sequences and 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.

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in 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.

Shortlisted for Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence
Sold-out dates at London’s Soho Theatre, Theatre503 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

On Friday 25 September, attend Flaming Theatre’s Free LGBTQ+ Writing Workshop with creators Ben SantaMaria and Ryan Price.

★★★★★ Boyz “Absolutely brilliant.”

★★★★★ GScene “Truly electric.”

★★★★ The Reviews Hub “Not to be missed.”

★★★★ London Theatre 1 “Wow, this is powerful stuff. Hilarious. A cracking script and a superb actor.”

★★★★ LGBTQ Arts Review “Heart-wrenching.”

★★★★ Stage Talk “Something special.”

★★★★ Spy in the Stalls “Stunning”

★★★★ Arthur’s Seat “Universally relevant. This protagonist is as much a mouthpiece for this new generation as any.”

★★★★ Jack the Lad Magazine “Showcases a writer and an actor excelling at their craft.”

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

Dates & Times

Really Want to Hurt Me - Sat 26 Oct 7:45pm Sat 26 Oct Neville Studio 7:45pm £12 (£10 concs)

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