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Springboard: A Partnership
New Writing

Springboard: A Partnership

‘We aren’t normal, Zach. So why are we trying to be?’

Can two men in modern-day London have a long-lasting, monogamous relationship? Paper Mug Theatre presents the five-star (Theatre Weekly, EdFringe Review), award-winning debut play A Partnership by Rory Thomas-Howes, winner of an Off West End Commendation, longlisted for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize and sell-out hit at Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

A Partnership, a relationship comedy-drama featuring two men, has no angels, no AIDS and no other characters – it looks into the changing face of homophobia, as partners Ally and Zach are forced into a devastating conversation five years in the making, to finally make a decision about their future. In real-time, on the eve of Ally’s 30th birthday, he and Zach question whether we can – or should – be ‘normal,’ as internalised homophobia casts a silent shadow over their relationship.

Please note that the performance of A Partnership on the 11th April will be live captioned.


Ally Ben Hadfield

Zach Sasha Kane

Writer Rory Thomas-Howes  

Director Jack McMahon

Ticket Price

£10 - 18


10 - 11, 15-16 April


King's Head Theatre



"Vividly believable… incredibly astute… funny, shocking and a vitally important piece of LGBTQ+ writing" Theatre Weekly

"Just brilliant" The Derek Awards

"Funny, feisty and utterly, utterly heart-breaking… the script is superb" Ed Fringe Review


Please be aware that this production involves themes of violence, domestic abuse, homophobic language and self-hatred.

We are committed to ensuring that tickets for performances in this festival are affordable, with a limited number being made available at £10 for every performance. We ask that if you’re able to, please consider paying a bit more for your ticket. It makes a big difference to the artists behind every show you see and ensures we’re able to continue offering affordable ticket prices. Seating for this production is unallocated, if you have any specific access requirements then get in contact with us by email [email protected] or phone 0207 226 8561


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