Pulling Out

Dates and Times

Wed 14 - Thu 15 Sep at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

Book Tickets

Part of our Autumn 2016 season. Catch Pulling Out in a double bill with Where do all the dead pigeons go? – two shows for £16. 

Presented by Documental Theatre


“Those nine months are long. She’s seriously talking about calling it “Bentley” or “Oceana”, so you are literally delighted with “Bowie” for the easy life…”

Award-winning company Documental Theatre returns to CPT with a moving coming of age play inspired by candid conversations with teenage dads.

Leo’s seventeen. He’s got college, a decent right-swipe-rate on Tinder and a three month-old.

He’s mashing avocado and buying Pampers over own-brand because of the more reliable gusset. Leo’s on the triple shift of school, work and night feeds and wants to be a dad in every sense.

That’s if his baby’s mum will let him. Or her mum, or his mum, or their step-dads. Those nanas and gramps all want a piece of the pie. So did Leo pull out or was he pushed?

Inspired by frank and often funny accounts of young dads trying to go the distance, Pulling Out is a spirited look at unplanned parenthood from the male perspective.

“Pulling Out feels pitch perfect: beautifully written, sensitively performed and with a rip-roaring fast pace.” The PRSD

“Eliot Salt’s metamorphosis into the straight-talking matriarch encroaching on her son’s personal space is particularly captivating” The Stage

“‘Pulling Out’ feels relevant, fresh and an unexplored area” Nuffield Theatre

Talking Dads podcasts

Listen to Documental Theatre chat to a solider about his experience and view on fatherhood here.

A young dad talks to Documental Theatre about his role as a father here.

Audience Feedback

“Amazing! Really cared about the characters. Changed the way I see teenage parenthood. Excellent acting. Very powerful. Very emotional”
“Brilliant show last night! I was blown away by your performances and absorbing characters. Went home raving to friends and now wish all of us could come see it again!”
“Totally gripping.”
“As a midwife having been involved with so many teenage pregnancies, you made me cry and smile!”
“Really fantastic, thought-provoking and fabulously acted”
“The script was really powerful stuff”
“Funny, moving, at times brought me to tears”
“Truly laughed out loud”

About the company

Documental Theatre creates award-winning drama for the stage inspired by lived experience. With PULLING OUT, writer Lucy Bell interviewed young men who became dads very young, lost and regained a relationship with their kids…with Score (Winner Toast of the Plymouth Fringe) it was mums in treatment for heroin addiction. Documental was chosen as the headline act from Devon in The Guardian’s A Nation’s Theatre Festival.


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