His name is Jimmy Hall. He plays with odd shaped balls. So put your bums against the wall, here comes Jimmy Hall…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show Announcement: Plane Paper Theatre presents ODD SHAPED BALLS | Tackling Homophobia In Sport

Space Triplex (Studio), the Space UK, The Prince Phillip Building, 19 Hill Place, Edinburgh EH8 9DP

Today until Saturday 29th August 2015

Odd Shaped Balls is a funny and poignant one man show, which tackles issues surrounding homophobia in sport and the pressures of intrusive media attention. This Amnesty International Freedom of Speech award winning script tells the story of James Hall, a promising rugby player whose life is turned upside down when he is outed as gay. With his life crumbling down around him, Odd Shaped Balls explores whether James has the courage to not only be true to himself, but also be a role model to others. 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?

Odd Shaped Balls is supported by Northern Pride, Pride Sports and Newcastle University Alumni Association. All profits will be given to International Gay Rugby, a charity which eliminates discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and promotes good health through the playing of rugby.

Plane Paper Theatre is proud to return Odd Shaped Balls to Edinburgh Fringe after working closely with writer Richard Sheridan to re-devise and refine this critically acclaimed script. Director, Andrew Twyman, says:  “With the Rugby World Cup this year and the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter being released in May, now couldn’t be a better time for Odd Shaped Balls to grace the stage.  We are excited to bring this innovative piece of work to Fringe and to promote such a relevant issue with it”.

Inspiration for the piece is discussed by writer Richard Sheridan:
Odd Shaped Balls began for me when an openly gay fresher from my rugby team was cornered by his captain on a night out, and told not to bother returning. It wasn’t until later I learnt how much he was affected. He felt unwelcome, not just by the team, but by the sport and culture. A sport and culture, which I loved because of how accepted it made me feel. After some research in to the likes of Welsh rugby hero of Union and League, Gareth Thomas, a stage play titled Odd Shaped Balls was penned”.

Produced by: Ellie Claughton
Directed by: Andy Twyman
Art & Marketing Director: Luke Robson
Assistant Producer: Will Hunter
Starring: Matthew Marrs

Shortlisted for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Runtime: 50 minutes        Prices: £9.00 / £7.00

Tickets here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/odd-shaped-balls