Brothers having a ball at Edinburgh Festival

10:33 14 August 2014

Odd Shaped Balls

Odd Shaped Balls

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Brothers Richard and Christopher Sheridan are going down a storm with audiences and critics alike at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Their play, Odd Shaped Balls, written by Richard and acted by Christopher, received some five star and two four star reviews in the past week and they are lying in 18th place in the ranking of over 1200 shows at the Fringe.

Odd Shaped Balls has also been shortlisted for a Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence

The play explores issues of homophobia in sport through the experiences of a young professional rugby player and is unusual not just for its subject matter but also for the fact that it has been written and performed by the brothers from Wheathampstead.

Christopher plays the part of up-and-coming fly half Johnny Hall whose life starts to crash down around him when he is outed as gay. Richard’s writing was described as a ‘sympathetic, respectful but gently challenging script’ by one critic at the Fringe while Christopher’s performance was praised as ‘match-winning’.

The Sheridan brothers went to St Dominic’s primary school in Harpenden followed by St George’s but their careers then went in different directions. Richard recently graduated with a creative writing MA in script writing from Bath Spa University while Christopher trained at RADA and has been acting professionally for several years.

The play is being performed at 1.30pm daily except Sunday at Gryphon Venues in Edinburgh until next Saturday, August 23.

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