A new play about the life of out Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas opened yesterday at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales, reports the BBC.
Produced by the National Theatre Wales, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage tells the story of the former team captain who won 100 caps for Wales before coming out as gay.
From the National Theatre Wales website:
“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”
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.
Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies - National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint - have teamed up to tell a great Welsh story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.
Thomas told the BBC that the play is “an honest and emotional portrayal.”
Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage runs at the Sherman Theatre until March 7th before touring in Aberystwyth, Bethesda, Aberdare and Bridgend.
Watch Thomas sit through a scene in which he tells his wife he is gay, AFTER THE JUMP...