OUTINGS

Outings

This show features a regular cast-Andrew Doyle, Adam Riches, Camille Ucan and Zoe Lyons- but also features a guest star which changes every performance. On the day I attended this guest was Jo Caulfield whose contributions fitted seamlessly and it is hard to tell as the cast refer to scripts throughout. It focuses on the process of ‘coming out’ amongst gay people –although it does state quite falsely in its blurb that this is something every gay person goes through although I would hotly contest that assertion through first hand experience, but this is minor quibbling- and how it affects those coming out and those they come out to.
Families, friends and lovers all figure in this entertaining show as do celebrities, sportsmen, transgendered people and those who attempt a heterosexual lifestyle as a means of postponing the inevitable. Mind you there are many who never make that transition and spend a lifetime in denial of their true sexuality.
Fortunately there are none of those in this show which takes real and imagined scenarios to concoct a varying and varied look at different approaches to the coming out process and the different reactions it engenders. Obvious celebrities such as the most famous of recent times –Tom Daley- are held up against others such as Justin Fashanu-the footballer who stood alone within the football world as gay and was eventually found hanged in his garage-, Rock Hudson and Boy George. Ellen Degeneres are also notable ‘out’ celebrities but the question still lingers as to why there are still so obviously-especially within football and other sports- many others who are still uncomfortable about speaking about their sexuality. Surely in the twentieth century they cannot imagine it is career suicide anymore as society as a whole has progressed-of course there are those who are not so accepting but they are becoming more and more of a minority. There is also the belief that it is no-one’s business but their own and whilst I agree with this thinking and right to privacy I also feel it can only become less and less of an issue, and therefore a matter of interest to muck-rakers who use it as a means of salacious gossip, if more people come out and remove the stigma further.
An interesting show which deals with some serious issues with moments of humour and pathos. I hope for the day when such matters are no longer wortgy of debate and discussion and someone’s sexual orientation should not be in question. There are a lot more obvious things we need to worry about in the world-including other sexual predilections- other than whether someone is gay or straight!

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