Boy Out The City

Theatre (new writing)

  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 15:30
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Declan Bennett
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Surviving the streets of Coventry in his NAF NAF jacket, discovering the gay scene in 90s Soho, exploring the lonely aisles of Hobbycraft, Declan Bennett's electric, funny and raw autobiographical debut throws us into the turbulent world of toxic masculinity, homophobia and men's mental health. This is a story of a man in desperate search of identity and sanity who, when confronted with the unexpected isolation of the Oxfordshire countryside, is forced to fight the demons of his past and come face to face with the Boy Out The City. Photo credit: Colin J Smith.

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  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Dazza 40 days ago

Declan Bennett has written a very thought provoking show, which I am sure resonates with many. He delivers it with energy and pace, and its a must see.

Good luck with the run in London!

Jonathan Smith 40 days ago

In Boy Out the City, Declan Bennett tells the story of his life. The focus of the monologue is on his isolated lockdown in rural Oxfordshire, interspersed by his struggle with his sexuality while growing up in Coventry, and acceptance after moving to London. Although I found the play to be a rather uneven rollercoaster ride, Bennett's energetic performance was exhilarating and life-affirming, and rapturously received by the audience.

Ben Igoe 41 days ago

A well written play. Angry, sad, funny and reflective. A powerful and moving performance from Declan Bennett ensures that the audience is with him every step of his journey.

Well worth going to see.

Sally Wheatley 41 days ago

A phenomenal performance - one that will stay with me long after the Fringe has ended. Declan Bennet gives his all - and it is humbling to even imagine what it takes for him to revisit such challenging and haunting times in his life every day throughout the run. I left admiring him hugely - both the man and the not hesitate to buy a ticket. This is a complete Must!

A F 46 days ago

A truly fantastic show - highly engaging throughout. A hugely talented performer - highly recommend

Matt Crabtree 47 days ago

Thank you. What an utterly incredible show we’ve just watched. Beautifully written and performed. Not a wasted word or second. Riveting from beginning to the end. Witty, heartfelt, honest, crushing and full of hope. My joint favourite with Bacon this year. Thank you, just incredible.

Dawn Crabtree 47 days ago

An outstanding performance and captivating story of a boy from Coventry. Made me laugh. Made me cry. Don’t miss this 5* show.

Yuko T 53 days ago

Well-written and moving introspective one man show. Declan is funny, likeable and vulnerable. Worth seeing!

Kierna Corr 53 days ago

Incredibly honest piece of theatre, I wanted to take that lonely & bullied teenager & tell him he would be ok. Such a wonderful performance, highly recommend seeing this.

Ella Kendrick 53 days ago

Hilarious, heartfelt and a perfect representation of how solitude unearths the parts of ourselves we’ve fought to repress. I could not reccomend a piece of theatre more, especially if you’ve ever struggled with figuring out who you are and how to do it alone. The perfect one man show that left me and my friends with tear stained clothes and a real sense of joy and a shared comfort in the knowledge that we don’t go through life alone.

Janet Stewart 55 days ago

An absorbing, moving one man monologue. Powerful, heartfelt performance by Declan Bennett. We had been recommended this show - thank you!
Do try to see this

MarniX tB 55 days ago

They say you never forget your first time... Well, in this case that goes for the second time as well. Forget about those four or five star ratings, this is in a league of its own! It's storytelling at its most beautiful. It's raw, it's intense, it's beautiful and it's funny, but most of all it feels real, a show with a lot of heart and soul. Dec is a master in his craft; he pulls you in and won't let go. A joy to behold and to experience. So, you really don't want to miss out on this one! Boy Out The City needs to be seen, again and again and again...

Ry Herman 56 days ago

A strong performance. Moving and relatable.

Graham Mackay-Bruce 56 days ago

Highly recommend this piece. Declan gives an enormously intelligent, moving and emotionally truthful performance. If you’ve ever struggled to be true to yourself and searched for meaning and truth in your life you’ll relate to this. His writing is extremely pacey, witty, poetic and unpretentious. He uses the space with strength and utter commitment. A really classy performance. Beautifully directed by Nancy Sullivan. Well worth getting along to this performance of you can.

Hayden B 57 days ago

This moved me. Transported into Declan's life and experience this was a beautiful piece that made me chuckle, wipe away tears and feel like I was right there. Well worth a watch.

Craig C 58 days ago

5***** see this show. Amazing tour de force performance from Declan, this deserves all the accolades. Heartfelt, funny, completely relatable, you are completely taken into Declan's world by his completely committed performance.

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Playbill 40 days ago

Bennett has crystallized the emotional reality of the lockdown experience in an intensely personal, and yet commensurate experience that flies in the face of topical naysayers.

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The Recs (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

A must-see work recounting of how our upbringing can shape us and how to navigate the negatives of this.

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