Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage at the Arcola Theatre

National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint present Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage, a verbatim play based on interviews with real people, by Robin Soans, at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, east London, from 20 May to 20 June 2015, as part of a tour of Wales and England. The play will officially open on 23 February 2015, at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage is directed by Max Stafford-Clark, with set design by Angela Davies, lighting by Katy Morison and sound by Dyfan Jones. Cast includes Patrick Brennan, Katie Elin-Salt, Daniel Hawksford, Lauren Roberts, Rhys ap William and Bethan Witcomb.

Synopsis: "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."

Robin Soans is known for his documentary, verbatim plays based on interviews with real people and also wrote 'Life After Scandal' about Christine and Neil Hamilton. His most recent play was 'Perseverance Drive', a fictional drama, which ran at the Bush Theatre in west London earlier this year.

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