Rubber Ring

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Tickets for this performance are £11.50 (including fees)


Written & Performed by James McDermott

Winner of Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham. He’s screwed. Well he’s not actually: that’s the problem… When pop star Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself.

‘Rubber Ring’ is a “laugh-out-loud” (LondonTheatre1) “funny as hell” (London City Nights) coming of age comedy about an East Anglian teenage Morrissey fan’s struggle with sexual and regional identity. In 2016 it opened to rave reviews at The Pleasance Islington and in 2017 transferred to The Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End prior to a national tour.

★★★★★ “There are few things I’ve enjoyed more than Rubber Ring” London City Nights

★★★★★ “McDermott is an emerging talent in total control of his craft” Boyz Magazine

★★★★ “This solo performance is electrifying… a charming, witty and engaging piece of theatre that will amuse and arrest it’s audiences” Scatter Of Opinion

★★★★ “A humorous look at rural England and the challenges facing LGBT teens who live far away from the big city” Carns Theatre Passion

★★★★ “McDermott’s writing is sardonic, outrageous, hilarious and honest. An incredibly assured debut” Auditorium Magazine

James McDermott is an East Anglian playwright and performer. He trained at UEA where he graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. He has taken part in writers’ development programs with Soho Theatre, HighTide and BFI. His short plays have been staged at Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith and Latitude. Rubber Ring is his first full-length play. He is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Please note that there will also be a post-show Q & A session


Past Event

Rubber Ring

Fri 2 February 2018


Ends: Fri 2 February

Key Theatre



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