Visceral new play tackles issue of homophobia

Away From Home
Away From Home

Away From Home offers a topical tale, tackling full on the subject of homophobia in top-flight football.

It is at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, from May 22-26.

The production has just won two awards at The Manchester Theatre Awards (Best New Play and Best Fringe Performance) and has recently been awarded a host of four and five-star reviews for its recent run at Jermyn Street Theatre in London.

Spokesman David Burns said: “The Civil Partnership Act is ten years old, same sex marriage has passed into law, it is a criminal offence to stir up hatred against people on grounds of their sexual orientation.

“After years of struggle the final stigmas have been removed. It is OK to be gay and being out isn’t an issue.

“And yet, homosexuality remains a taboo subject in English Football. Not one of Britain’s 5,000 professional players is openly gay. The national sport is leagues behind.

“Hot on the heels of the retired Aston Villa player Thomas Hitzlsperger revealing he is gay, theatre producers Working Progress Theatre Company and Hartshorn Hook Productions announce the tour and London run of Away From Home, a visceral new play that tackles the issue of homophobia in English Football.

“Kyle is comfortable with his life as a male escort until the day he is hired by a premiership footballer and finds himself falling in love. But can Kyle maintain a relationship with a closeted footballer in a country where not one pro player is out?

“Can he go on pretending that the homophobia endemic in the game is nothing to do with him?

“Does he know what a relationship means, when, for him, sex has only ever been a transaction? Can he ever tell his friends – and his family – the truth?”

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