Bleeding Black

Theatre (solo show, international)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Bleeding Black is a black comedy about a New Zealand boy called Sam, who is told in his first rugby match, age five, 'stop playing, or harden up'. He chooses to harden up, a decision that he keeps making throughout his life as he progresses through school, work, and watching professional rugby. Rugby is intrinsically linked with New Zealand's identity, at home and abroad. Bleeding Black explores the darker side of that identity, where hyper-masculinity bleeds into everyday life, affecting everybody in ways that are often ignored or overlooked.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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FamilyR 72 days ago

Excellent show. Funny and thought provoking. Our two teenage rugby playing boys enjoyed it too.


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FringeReview 65 days ago

Rugby is not a sport in New Zealand.  It’s a religion.  Just ask any of the million or so alpha-males that seem to live and breathe the game over there.  As a regular visitor down under, you can’t help but be aware of how this religion defines and drives many...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 70 days ago

"Harden up or quit playing," is the advice-as-command young Sam is given from an early age by his father, who also doubles as the hyper-aggressive rugby coach of the team he plays for. It's advice which the young Kiwi man stubbornly refuses to accept as any sort of choice at...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 71 days ago

Christopher Watts returns to the Festival Fringe with his one-man-show, Bleeding Black, at Greenside, Nicolson Square. The story revolves around a boy who, as he grows into manhood, increasingly has to come to terms with his relationship with what Watts sees as New Zealand’s ‘national addiction’; the game of rugby.A...

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