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BLACK ROSES: THE KILLING OF SOPHIE LANCASTER
19 September 12 - 29 September 12
BLACK ROSES: THE KILLING OF SOPHIE LANCASTER
Words by Sylvia Lancaster; Poetry by Simon Armitage
A MOVING RESPONSE TO THE DEATH OF YOUNG GAP-YEAR STUDENT SOPHIE LANCASTER
On 11 August 2007, Sophie Lancaster was beaten unconscious in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup and later died from her injuries in hospital. She was 20 years old, had just passed her A-Levels and was working out what to do with her life.
She was killed because she dressed differently.


BLACK ROSES is an elegy for Sophie in which she tells her own story through a series of poems by the award-winning poet Simon Armitage, alongside the words of her mother, Sylvia Lancaster, remembering her daughter’s shortened life.

The piece provoked an unprecedented response when it premiered on Radio Four last year, winning the BBC Audio and Music Best Speech Programme of the Year Award.

Now re-imagined for the theatre with Rachel Austin and Julie Hesmondhalgh (CORONATION STREET), BLACK ROSES is co-directed by Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom and award-winning BBC Radio Drama Producer Susan Roberts.




This production supports the ongoing work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which promotes respect and understanding of subcultures in our communities. www.sophielancasterfoundation.com



Have Your Say

Interviews with the Actors and Co-Directors
Interviews with the Actors and Co-Directors
Show

Cast
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Rachel AustinJulie Hesmondhalgh
Words by Sylvia Lancaster
Poetry by Simon Armitage
Directed by Sarah Frankcom and Sue Roberts
Designer Amanda Stoodley
Sound Pete Rice
Lighting Kay Haynes

EVENT INFORMATION

VENUE
The Studio

TICKETS
A minimum of 6 tickets will be released each day via Box Office (in person only).


PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Wednesday 19 - Saturday 29 September
Monday -  Friday, 7.30pm / Saturdays 8.00pm
(Matinees) Thursdays, 2.30pm / Saturdays 3.30pm

Running Time is 45 minutes. Due to the sensitive nature of this production, latecomers will not be admitted.



AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION - Tuesday 25 September
With Sylvia Lancaster, Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts; chaired by Royal Exchange Associate Director & Head of Education Amanda Dalton. This event is FREE and open to everyone.


THE BLACK ROSES PROJECT - Wednesday 26 September, 5.30pm - 8.00pm
The launch of this exciting creative writing project for young people aged 16+.
For more information please call 0161 615 6720


2x2 WORDPLAY to accompany BLACK ROSES - Thursdays 27 September & 4 October, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Taster workshops for everyone aged 18+ interested in writing, with or withour experience. Get your creative juices following with fresh ideas and imaginative fun.
Tickets £12 (for 2 sessions). Book on 0845 450 4427