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A Gym Thing
On from 30 Apr 2018 till 13 May 2018
Pleasance Theatre
by Pleasance Theatre
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £10 - £15 / (£12 concessions)

About: A Gym Thing

“After all if you’re in shape people notice you, and being ignored is the last thing you want to happen”

Driven by a daily quest for perfection, Will takes us on a fast paced, sweaty, physical exploration of how the gym has strengthened and weakened his relationships, his physique and ultimately his life. A complex love story from a gym addict’s point of view, set within a 60 minute workout, A Gym Thing tackles body image and bigorexia (Body Dysmorphic Disorder), leaving those who don’t visit the gym with a greater understanding of ‘why we do what we do'.

A Gym Thing transfers to London after an exhilarating run at the Pleasance Courtyard, 2017 Edinburgh Festival.
The gym has taken our society by storm. It’s a lifestyle and an imperative part of many peoples daily routines. What isn't so widely publicised are some of the negative effects. A Gym Thing shines a much needed spotlight on the world of Bigorexia (reverse anorexia), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD affects men and women equally, quality of life is extremely poor and the suicide rates are amongst the highest in all of the mental disorders.

Small Things Theatre champions new writing for emerging artists. We have produced sell out Edinburgh 2015 show The Stolen Inches, No Place For A Woman, and Co-Produced A Gym Thing at The Pleasance, Edinburgh 2017. Productions for 2018 include Leaves (directed by SImon Evans) Boots, plus Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough both at VaultFestival and a collaboration with UN Woman for their heforshe ArtsWeek. Most of our work begins life as a short segment at A Night of Small Things, a variety night we host, nurturing the new poetry, comedy, theatre and music.

Working Cast is an actors only casual staffing agency, which uses company profit to promote and produce it’s actors work. A Gym Thing is Working Cast Production’s theatre debut.


@PScottWallace Phil has worked extensively as an actor and is co-founder and producer of Small Things Theatre. This is his directorial debut.

TOM VALLEN – Writer / Will Shaw

@TomVallen This is Tom’s debut piece of writing. Theatre credits include: Bash (Old Red Lion/ Trafalgar Studios) and various workshops and scratch nights. TV credits include: Episodes (BBC/ Showtime) Casualty (BBC) Doctors (BBC) and numerous short films.

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