Pulling Out

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by Lucy Bell


Leo’s seventeen. He’s got a decent right-swipe-rate on Tinder and a newborn. He’s mixing formula and shelling out for Pampers ‘cause of the more reliable gusset. He wants to go the distance as a dad. That’s if his mates or Caitlin, his baby’s mum, will let him. Or her mum, or her stepdad or his mum, or his stepdads…Those nanas and grandads all want a piece of the pie. “Pulling out” didn’t work too well as contraception, but is it his best bet now?

Directed by Stephanie Kempson and performed by Bob Yates-Tily and Jenny Davies, PULLING OUT (★★★★ Kentish Towner) is inspired by candid conversations with teenage dads, and a spirited look at unplanned parenthood from the male perspective.


“A powerful and hilarious new play by Lucy Bell gives voice to young dads” Kentish Towner

“Lucy Bell’s 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 toured in 2017 to Bike Shed Theatre, Plymouth Fringe, Wardrobe Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and to young audiences in two prisons and two secure care homes.