Away From Home



Jermyn Street Theatre

Until Fri Mar 28

  • 'Away From Home'

  • 'Away From Home'

  • 'Away From Home'

  • 'Away From Home'

  • 'Away From Home'

  • 'Away From Home'

'Away From Home'

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Mandy E

A very disappointing and ill considered review from Matt Trueman which I strongly recommend Time Out readers ignore.  Please don't miss the opportunity to see a truly challenging piece of theatre co written by Martin Jameson and Rob Ward. Martin Jameson's direction enables Rob Ward to give a  bravura performance. Read the reviews below - they say it all! 

This is an exceptional piece of theatre, truly deserving of the 5 star reviews others have given, and of its 2 Manchester Theatre Awards for Best New Play and Best Fringe Performance. Rob Ward gives an astonishing performance, which is fearless, energetic and totally convincing, as well as being deeply moving. You often forget there is just one person up on the stage as he switches characters in a heartbeat.

Martin Jameson's considered and polished direction immerses you in Kyle's world and, far from being stuck in the flat, transports you to football terraces, bars, hotel rooms, cars and beds, with ingenious use of props and furniture. 

The actual subject matter is important, and while Kyle's profession may show a side of the gay world that people would rather pretend doesn't exist, it also shows aspects of the human condition in all its confused glory. It presents a very real, totally engaging and absolutely relevant look at not only homophobia in football, but the impact of relationships, friendships and family influence on even the most confident individual.

Thoroughly recommended. 

annette l

If you want exciting and passionate theatre, ‘Away from Home’ is a must. It is fast, energetic and hard-hitting at times, yet thoughtful and challenging throughout.

In dealing with his father’s disappointment about his sexuality, Kyle is also concerned about how his friends might react if they knew about his job as male escort. When Kyle is hired by a top professional footballer, they fall in love; but the relationship is not to be open and equal.

The play is riddled with the fall-out of prejudice and taboo….and raises issues about homophobia in the world of football.

The one-man show has the brilliant Rob Ward weaving a range of colourful characters into his story; he whisks us into Mum’s kitchen, swanky nightclubs and steamy bedrooms; he shares his hopes and fears (and even a bit of shagging) with his audience.

I felt was let into one man’s confidence for the hour; and during that time I laughed, marvelled and felt a little sad…. The play addresses important issues and really ought to be seen to help open conversations that need to be had.