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Odd Shaped Balls (Chris Sheridan)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

A rugby player is thrust unwillingly into the spotlight after being outed as gay in this stirring, thought-provoking piece of new writing. A one-man show, ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ is anchored by actor Chris Sheridan, who delivers a captivating performance as rugby player Jamie Hall. The story works so well because it’s completely character driven everything that unfolds is a direct result of Jamie and who he is, his anger, his confusion and his frustration. If I have to nitpick (and I do), the ending is a little abrupt, leaving questions unanswered and sub-plots dangling, and one character’s rather unconvincing Irish accent is a little distracting. Otherwise though, this is a heartfelt and moving play boasting an absolutely towering performance.

Gryphon@West End, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]