Ben SantaMaria / Flaming Theatre
FLAMING THEATRE makes shapeshifting new work that subverts genders, genres and sexualities. Sometimes it smoulders. Sometimes it bursts into flame.

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FLAMING THEATRE makes passionate new work that explores and explodes sexuality and gender.

Sometimes it smoulders. Sometimes it bursts into flame.


★ 2019 TOUR NEWS ★

Following sold-out dates at London’s Soho Theatre, Theatre503 and the Old Red Lion Theatre, and at Assembly Hall in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, our show REALLY WANT TO HURT ME tours the UK from June-October 2019.

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s 1984. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Hating yourself. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive.

Flaming Theatre’s hit dark comedy with dance sequences features a classic ‘80s soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. Its exploration of queer survival and self-discovery against all odds speaks directly to young LGBTQ people’s experiences today as well as to older generations.

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence shortlisted.

★★★★★ “Absolutely brilliant.” Boyz

★★★★ “Enchanting. Funny and uneasy in equal measure, this quietly beautiful show is one not to be missed.” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Wow, this is powerful stuff. Hilarious. A cracking script and a superb actor. Wonderful.” London Theatre 1

★★★★ “Stunning.” Spy in the Stalls

★★★★★ GScene
★★★★ Stage Talk
★★★★ LGBTQ Arts Review
★★★★ Arthur’s Seat
★★★★ Jack the Lad

Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria.

Performed by Ryan Price

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Developed with support from Soho Theatre Young Company.

Suitable for ages 14+.


30 June - Key Theatre, Peterborough

11 July - Studio Theatre, Sheffield

3 August - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter (Exeter Fringe Festival)

13–14 September - Harlow Playhouse

18–19 September - Theatr Clwyd, Mold

21 September - Theatre Royal, Plymouth 

(On sale soon - 3pm show)

12 October - Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

18–19 October Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

26th October - Nottingham Playhouse 

(On sale soon - 7.45pm show)


We’re running free LGBTQ writing workshops at 5 of our tour venues.

With Ben SantaMaria (writer/director) and Ryan Price (actor).

Everyone is welcome. (Suitable for ages 14+.)

A fun, relaxed and safe space to explore writing from your own life experiences. Ben and Ryan will also discuss how they developed their show.

No writing experience needed. Just bring a pen and paper!

Advance booking required through the venues:

12 July - Sheffield Crucible 6-8pm

Please email Lauren Townsend to book:

3 August - Exeter Phoenix 5-7pm

14 September - Harlow Playhouse 3.30=5.30pm

19 October - Everyman Cheltenham 3.30-5.30pm

Please book through the venue.

25 October - Nottingham Playhouse

Please book through the venue.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.