A darkly funny new play about football, family and learning to be yourself.

“There are currently no openly gay or bi players at any level of male professional football in Britain.” Stonewall

Tom’s sixteen. His family home is falling apart. His mum has left and his depressed Dad can’t pay the bills. The only light in Tom’s life is football: He lives it and breathes it. Going pro is Tom’s chance to make life better, for everyone….

But Tom has a secret, one that could cost him his career.

We follow Tom as he weighs his dreams against each other because in professional football, you can’t have both.

STUD is a funny, defiant, inspiring piece that explores gender, ambition and what it takes to make dreams come true.

Presented as a World Premiere at VAULT Festival in association with Team Angelica, STUD is a celebration of being different.

Tackle, pass, shoots… strikes… SCORES!
Eruption as the crowd roars!
Back of the net, covered in sweat!
Pat on the back, tears in my eyes,
Keep this up, no one will realise….
That I am not all I seem:
Really, I want to play for the other team.

“Funny and touching and fearlessly truthful, ‘Stud’ is more than timely, it’s what this world – wrestling as we are with masculinity in crisis – is crying out for.”- Rikki Beadle Blair

STUD is supported by Arts Council England and Lyric, Hammersmith.

1hr 00m
Network Theatre
14 — 18 Feb 18:15
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About the company

Paloma Oakenfold

Paloma Oakenfold is a director, writer and actress. She trained at Guildhall on the BA Acting degree, before completing an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck. Between 2016-2017 Paloma was Resident Assistant Director at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Her credits include: ‘Bugsy Malone’; ‘Shopping and F***ing’; ‘Aladdin, Seventeen & Beauty’. Paloma was Associate Director on ‘Terror’ at the Lyric, Hammersmith/QPAC Australia. Paloma is currently directing ‘Humans’, a devised show with learning disabled artists from company Access All Areas. ‘Humans’ will be performed at Evolution Festival 2018. As writer/director Paloma has collaborated with VAULT, Merge Festival and Robin Linde Productions’ ‘Caravan Shorts’. Her acting credits include winner Michael Bryant Award at the National Theatre, E4 series ‘Chewing Gum’ and ShowTime series ‘The Borgias’.

Artistic Team
Writer & Director
Paloma Oakenfold
Hannah Tookey
Ola Ince
Script Consultant
Rikki Beadle-Blair