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Playing by the Rules

First Performed in 



Written by Rod Dungate

Directed by Anthony Clark




"You never quite know what you're in for when a new play comes with health warnings about scenes and language which may offend; and when the subject is male prostitution on the streets of Birmingham, there's a high risk that you're in for an evening of social realism and polemic. So the premiere of Birmingham writer Rod Dungate's play- the first in a season of new writing at the Rep - was wholly surprising. Sexually explicit it  certainly was and is as sordid as the world the rent boys inhabit, but laced with a wonderfully rich vein of humour, it ripped through the studio with an energy that was electric... Anthony Clark directs a powerful play about the fallibility of human nature" The Guardian


"An excellent theatrical evening" Metro News


"Playing by the Rules alternately laughs, cries and howls like banshee at the agony of street life as such it bears the hallmarks of truth." Express and Star


"This play re establishes the Rep studio as a focus for vibrant new theatre." Birmingham Post

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