Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Britannia Waves the Rules Returns

By Gareth Farr
Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis
The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann’s Square, Manchester
Tuesday 22 July – Saturday 26 July
Royal Exchange audiences are to get a second chance to see Gareth Farr’s Bruntwood Prize winning play BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES when it returns for a short run in The Studio from Tuesday 22 July to Saturday 26 July 
The play was first seen last month when it received its world premiere in The Theatre, playing in repertoire with THE LAST DAYS OF TROY. It will also be seen at Latitude Festival (17 – 20 July) and will play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Northern Stage’s King’s Hall 3 – 10 August) following its latest run at the Exchange.
A scream of protest at the state of the world, BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES is fast, furious and filled with rage.
It tells the story of Carl. He doesn’t fit in at home. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. He signs up for the army, seeing a chance to escape the grim reality of life in his hometown Blackpool. But it doesn’t matter where he runs to, or how hard or how fast, there are just too may battles for him to win them all. He comes home, not as a war hero, but as a changed man.
The play picked up a Judges Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Writer Gareth Farr said: “I want to grab the audience by the scruff of the neck, drag them through the journey and have them leave feeling something strong about the world they’ve just witnessed.”
The central role of Carl is played by talented young actor Dan Parr. His previous theatre credits include PAGES FROM MY SONGBOOK (The Alligator Club at The Studio, Royal Exchange), WANTED! ROBIN HOOD (Manchester Library Theatre Company), and DNA (The Lowry Theatre). Television credits include CASUALTY (BBC), THE CRIMSON FIELD (BBC), and THE VILLAGE (BBC). Film credits include: Halcyon Heights (Plug it In Productions).
The production is directed by Nick Bagnall who recently directed THE LAST DAYS OF TROY at the Royal Exchange. His previous credits include directing three HENRY VI plays at venues across the UK, including four open-air battlefield performances. Other work includes BETRAYAL (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE (Trafalgar Studios).  
The production is designed by Ashley Martin-Davis and the creative team is completed by Chris Davey (lighting), Peter Rice (sound), Alex Baranowski (composer) and Kevin McCurdy (movement and fights
For further information, images, or for interview / press review ticket requests, please contact JOHN GOODFELLOW (Press & Communications Manager) on 0161 615 6783 / john.goodfellow@royalexchange.co.uk
BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES – Listings Information
The Royal Exchange Theatre presents
By Gareth Farr
Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis
The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Tuesday 22 July – Saturday 26 July
Performance Times: Tuesday – Friday, 7.30pm, Saturday, 8pm
Matinees: Saturday, 3.30pm
Ticket Prices: £12 / £10 concessions
Box Office: 0161 833 9833.

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