Wednesday, 5 August 2015

SO HERE WE ARE at Manchester Royal Ex.

By Luke NorrisDirected by Steven AtkinsonDesigned by Lily Arnold
Winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
Saturday 5 September – Saturday 10 OctoberPreview in Manchester 5 September and from 24 September – 10 October
HighTide Festival from 10 – 20 September  

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A co-production between the Royal Exchange Theatre and the HighTide Festival opens a vibrant collection of home produced and visiting shows as part of the autumn/winter season in The Studio, at the Royal Exchange. Brand-new productions from emerging writers and directors sit alongside productions from award-winning companies and artists creating a diverse, varied and thought-provoking season in The Studio.
Luke Norris’ Bruntwood prize winning play SO HERE WE ARE explores the complex and fragile nature of life in a faded English seaside town. With the kaleidoscopic memories of Adventure Land flickering in the background, Norris’ beautifully compassionate and candidly funny play paints a portrait of male relationships and childhood friendship in Essex’s Southend. Directed by the award-winning Artistic Director of HighTide Steven Atkinson in a co-production for the Royal Exchange and HighTide festival SO HERE WE ARE premieres at the Exchange on 5 September before transferring to HighTide from 10-20 Sept. The production returns to Manchester from 24 Sept - 10 Oct.
Frankie’s dead. And no-one’s quite sure why. But the boys won't talk about it. They can't. There are some truths that men can’t share. When a young life is cut short, the four remaining members of a five-a-side team gather on a cold and empty beach to remember their friend. As the ice-cream van plays its high-pitched tunes these men try to cobble together their memories of Frankie but what do they really know, and what can they simply never say?
SO HERE WE ARE was the winner of a Judges Award at the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Luke Norris’ debut play GOODBYE TO ALL THAT premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in March 2012. His most recent play, GROWTH, was a Paines Plough commission for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and played at The Gate in April 2015. Other plays include HEARTS (National Theatre Connections, 2014) and A PUZZLE (Short, Open Court Season, Royal Court 2013). Luke is also an actor, his recent credits include POLDARK (BBC), A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Young Vic/West End), HAMLET and AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Royal Exchange Theatre) and ANTIGONE (National Theatre).
Steven Atkinson makes his Royal Exchange directing debut in this co-production with HighTide. His credits include LAMPEDUSA by Anders Lustgarten (Soho Theatre, HighTide Festival, Liverpool Unity Theatre); PEDDLING (Arcola Theatre, 59E59 Theaters off-Broadway, HighTide Festival); PUSSY RIOT: HUNGER STRIKE (Bush Theatre); NEIGHBORS (Nuffield Theatre, HighTide Festival); BOTTLENECK (Soho Theatre, UK tour, Pleasance Edinburgh); INCOMING (Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Latitude Festival, HighTide Festival); LIDLESS (Trafalgar Studios, Underbelly Edinburgh, HighTide Festival) and THE PITCH (Latitude Festival).
The cast for SO HERE WE ARE includes Jade Anouka as Kirsty, Daniel Kendrick as Frankie, Sam Melvin as Pidge, Ciarán Owens as Dan, Dorian Jerome Simpson as Smudge and Mark Weinman as Pugh. 

SO HERE WE ARE - Listings InformationA Royal Exchange Theatre and HighTide Festival Theatre co-productionWorld Premiere
SO HERE WE AREBy Luke NorrisDirected by Steven AtkinsonDesigned by Lily Arnold
Winner of a Judges Award at the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
Royal Exchange Theatre: Preview 5 September then from 24 September – 10 October
High Tide Festival: 10 – 20 September 
Evening Performance for Royal Exchange:  Monday - Saturday at 7.00pm
Matinee Performance:1 & 8 Oct 2pmSaturday 26 Sept, 3 & 10 Oct 2pmPlus Tuesday 29 Sept & Sunday 4 October 2pm
Press Night: Friday 25 September, 7.00pm
Ticket Prices: £12/£10
Age Guidance 12+ (contains strong language) 
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