Strong, charming and honest... cunningly constructed.
★★★★ LIBBY PURVES, THEATRECAT on 'The Act'
Funny, realistic, moving. Not only extremely enjoyable, but also highly important.
★★★★ THE UPCOMING on 'The Act'
This drama explores coming out stories from around the world, and across the decades. It was compiled from online submissions, interviews and celebrity accounts.
Performed by comedians Rob Deering, Andrew Doyle, Zoe Lyons and Camille Ucan, plus daily guest stars (see this page for the latest schedule).
- Final shows today! August 25, 2014
Today’s your last chance to catch one of our shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – we hope you’ve had a great festival!
- 4* for Outings August 23, 2014
‘Must-see… vital theatre’ Read the full review at A Younger Theatre.
- Interview with Outings writer Matt Baldwin August 15, 2014
Have a read of this great interview at EQView.
- 4* for Outings from ArtsDesk August 13, 2014
‘Sweet, humane and life-affirming’ – read Veronica Lee’s full review here.
- ‘Punchy, lucid and moving’ – The Guardian on Outings August 11, 2014
Ryan Gilbey’s feature in today’s Guardian explores the creation of Outings, and says nice things about the show too. Read it here.
- Outings nominated for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2014 August 9, 2014
You can read more about this award here.
- 4* review for Outings August 8, 2014
‘An intricately woven tapestry of stories that creates a colourful picture of humanity.’ – read the full review at Broadway Baby
- All our Edfringe shows 241 today and tomorrow! August 4, 2014
All of our shows are participating in the Fringe 241 ticket promotion on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th August, so you can see even more shows for even less money both today and tomorrow! Why not use this opportunity to complete the #FHChallenge?
- Director David Grindley: Why I’m back in Edinburgh after 14 years August 4, 2014
David Grindley’s myriad West End credits include Our Boys, Abigail’s Party, Six Degrees of Separations, Some Girl(s), What the Butler Saw and Journey’s End, which transferred to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Revival. After a 14-year absence, he returns to Edinburgh with the world premiere of Outings, at the Gilded Balloon.
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- Outings is impressive, says the Observer August 2, 2014
‘At the Gilded Balloon, there was an impressive production inspired by the diver Tom Daley – specifically his decision, last year, to out himself. Outings related dozens of such stories, sourced by Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Hescott, dramatised by Zoe Lyons, Rob Deering, Andrew Doyle and Camille Ucan. When did the interviewees first know? Aged 4, 7, 11, 34. Where did they first know? At bat mitzvahs, visiting euroboys.com, watching John Craven on Newsround. As with Broke, it was the accumulated weight of confession that made Outings powerful. Some of the tales were extraordinary, such as the Guinness-based “cure” offered by a Liverpool hospital; most were grimly believable. Parents in denial. Herd-responding schoolkids, aiming rubbers. The performers, all standup comics by trade, kept flair in check, reserving it for occasions. The room roared at Doyle’s portrayal of a melodramatic teen, his mum too understanding. He wanted to be thrown out of the family home! He’d perfected just the sashay with which to leave.’
Read the full Observer review here.
- Outings ‘highly recommended’ by The Guardian August 2, 2014
Mark Brown says of Outings in today’s Guardia Festival diary – ‘Highly recommended is Outings at the Gilded Balloon, a show created from coming out stories and inspired by Tom Daley. It covers the whole gamut, from the excruciatingly awkward to the moving and beautiful. There’s an old guy who remembers how his mother vomited and cried herself to sleep every night before he went on a ludicrous “gay cure.” Then there is the respondent who says: “My dad was relieved … he thought I was going to ask for money.” And the bloke who offers: “It did help when I came out as bisexual to my father that he said he was too.”‘
Read the full diary here.
- My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day One July 31, 2014
The street team led by Julia Bolden (centre)
After a late night at the technical rehearsal for Eric and Little Ern, Day One of my Festival Highlights Challenge started with a 10am production office meeting. Producer James Seabright went through the first day’s advance sales for all nine shows and set the street team, under the direction of Julia Bolden, with targets.
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- Are you up for the Festival Highlights challenge? July 30, 2014
For the past 12 years, Festival Highlights has presented some of the most popular and acclaimed shows on the Fringe. For 2014, we’ve handpicked nine we think you’ll love. To encourage you to see them all – and share your views on them – we’ve launched the Festival Highlights Challenge (#FHChallenge)!
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- Secrets, solidarity, The Sun and Stephen Fry… July 28, 2014
After their West End success with The Act earlier this year, co-writers Thomas Hescott and Matthew Baldwin have reunited for Outings, the world premiere coming-out show. In the course of researching and writing the play, the former schoolfriends, who themselves came out as young men, gathered more than 70 real-life stories from other gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, ranging from 16 to 60+ years of age and from the UK and around the globe. Continue reading →