It's your road an' all
Jan 28th to Feb 4th 2017
Written by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Craig Shelton & Gennie Holmes
Set during one night on a Lancashire road in the 1980's, 'Road' is a play that deals with very real issues, sometimes with a comedic touch, delving into the lives of people on the poverty line. Think Mike Leigh meets 'Shameless'.
To quote Gennie, one of the directors: "It in turns makes you laugh, sad, angry and weary to the fact that we're here again. It resonates with today's media portrayal of 'benefit scroungers'. A portrayal of the poverty trap, how easy it is it to fall into it and how hard it is to climb back out: it shows the hopelessness of some, but in others the determination to live on."
The play has become a classic text in Drama Colleges throughout the country owing to its compelling characterisations and the opportunities for bravura performances, but it deserves a wider audience, especially in today's political climate.
Suitable for adult audiences only, it is an entertaining and thought-provoking piece.
POST-SHOW TALKS FOR ROAD by Jim Cartwright
Ever wanted to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us after the show on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st January for a question and answer session with members of the acting company and crew.
This will be an opportunity to find out more about the acting process and what it was like to bring the production to life on stage, and to find out more about the creative vision behind the production and its technical challenges, from the point of view of the set, lighting, sound, costume and properties teams.
These sessions are very informal, are free of charge, and there is no need to book in advance. You are welcome to attend either or both sessions. Sessions will take place 20 minutes after the end of the production.
There will be smoking on stage under The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007.
This production contains extremely strong language.
- Dan Gough : Scullery
- Karen Evans : Louise
- Anne-marie Greene : Brenda
- Georgia Kelly : Carol
- Pete Meredith : Brink
- Calum Lake : Eddie
- Emma Withers : Dor
- Steve Brown : Bisto
- Pete Bagley : Professor
- Simon Sharpe : Set Design & i/c Set Construction
- Paul Harrison : Lighting Design
- Paul Forey : Sound Design
- Maureen Liggins : Wardrobe
- Pam Coleman : Wardrobe
- Olivia Holmes : Stage Manager
- Nicola Gabriel : Assistant Stage Manager
- Frances Dixon : Props i/c
- Susan Schweitzer : Props
- Alex Martis : Props
- Helen Foley : Prompt