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The Pass

John Donelly's play shines a light on the prejudice that still runs rampant in the world of elite sport.

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The Pass

Date: 13 Jan 2021

Jason and Ade have been in the academy of a famous English football club since they were eight-years-old.

It’s the night before the game that will change their lives forever—their debut Champions League match.

Full of nervous energy, they skip, fight, joke, tease each other … until something passes between them.

One moment that will reverberate through the next ten years of their lives—a decade of fame and failure, of secrets and lies—in the high-stakes world of professional sport where image is everything.

A hit at the Royal Court Theatre in London and later adapted into a BAFTA-nominated feature film, John Donelly’s The Pass deftly explores the corrosiveness of high-end celebrity culture and the consequences of toxic masculinity. It shines a light on the prejudice that still runs rampant in the world of elite sport, and as Jason and Ade navigate this world for themselves, it powerfully illustrates the cost of repressing your identity, and asks what’s lost when you win.

Directed by Ed Wightman, The Pass stars Ben Chapple, Deng Deng, Cassie Howarth and Tom Rodgers.

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