Paper Cut

7 June 2023 to 1 July 2023 Park Theatre, Park90

A queer love story that looks at how a man’s identity is affected by injury and by fighting for a country that doesn’t fully accept you.  As Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation – gains traction with other states, with dozens proposing similar bills, this show has never been more relevant and timely in its exploration of queer men in the military.

Paper Cut is an emotional and  funny new play by American writer Andrew Rosendorf about a young gay American soldier, Kyle who returns from Afghanistan after being injured in an IED blast. Only a paper cut. Or that’s what he wants his friends, family, and a potential new love to believe. Paper Cut is a raw exploration of the physical and emotional toll of returning soldiers and how they navigate their way through another minefield - returning home.

It is is a love story through the prism of a soldier. Someone who will die for their country even when their country tells them every day - in small and large ways - that they are less than. It’s an examination of what it means to be man. And even more so: what it means to be a gay man.

Playwright Andrew Rosendorf said, “At its core, Paper Cut is an exploration of love and courage and all the minefields we have to navigate to live our lives. It’s a reminder that heroes don’t always wear uniforms.”

Paper Cut is performed by Callum Mardy (Ash in BAFTA nominated Big Boys), Joe Bolland (Othello and Our Generation, National Theatre), and Prince Kundai (Bootycandy, Gate Theatre). Tobie Donovan joins them in his professional stage debut following his TV role Isaac in the Emmy nominated Netflix series Heartstopper. Directed by Scott Hurran.

Paper Cut: 7 June – 1 July

Further Information: Park Theatre