Proud

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As a small lad practises his boxing moves, strobe lights pulse around him and images of London and Olympic glory are projected above his head. It sets the scene for a high octane drama, but it's one of the few exciting scenes in this limping production.

Supposedly an 'Olympic story for an Olympic city', John?Stanley's 2009 play is actually a predictable tale about a young gay lad struggling to come out. The boxing barely comes into Oliver Jack's production. Lewis (Parry Glasspool) is celebrating his eighteenth birthday with his family and boyfriend. But drama (if only) is brewing. Lewis's coach, Mac (Charlie Carter), is visiting and he has no idea that Lewis is gay. In a thumpingly exaggerated twist, butch Mac also happens to be a raging homophobe.

Much hilarity supposedly ensues, as Lewis and his pals try to keep his secret. The fact that Lewis and boyfriend Tom (Matthew Hebden) have next to no chemistry together renders all the secrecy fairly pointless. Virginia Byron, as the screeching and screamingly inappropriate mum, adds some desperately needed spark, but even her punchlines ('He's out. He's proud. Get used to it!') sound pat.

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Mike Leray

Definitely worth seeing. Very funny, moving play and overall good acting, especially the wonderful mother with witty dialogue. Great set and great venue, with the cheapest bar in town! Go and see!