Harlow Playhouse ask: Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

Really Want To Hurt Me
13 Sep, 14 Sep Theatre 2 – PWYC
Pay What You Can
Flaming Theatre presents
Really Want to Hurt Me
written and directed by Ben SantaMaria
performed by Ryan Price

Devon, 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.

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

★★★★★ “Absolutely brilliant.” Boyz

★★★★ “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

★★★★ “Stunning.” Spy in the Stalls

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Developed with support from Soho Theatre Young Company.”

Suitable for ages 14+.

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