Work. Uni. Social Life. What do they have in common? Rugby. For Sam, at least. Ever since being told in his first match “Stop playing, or harden up.”
"Dark, funny, and very physical take on New Zealand's most popular religion." - The Wee Review, Edinburgh
Bleeding Black is a black comedy about a New Zealand boy called Sam, who is told in his first rugby match, age five, 'stop playing, or harden up'. He chooses to harden up, a decision that he keeps making throughout his life as he progresses through school, work, and watching professional rugby. Rugby is intrinsically linked with New Zealand's identity, at home and abroad.
Bleeding Black explores the darker side of that identity, where hyper-masculinity bleeds into everyday life, affecting everybody in ways that are often ignored or overlooked.
Bleeding Black returns to BATS with No Borders Performance, before a return engagement at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August.