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11 June 13 - 22 June 13

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Seeing the North of England in surprising, unexpected ways.
Stories by Luke Barnes, Alison Carr, Matt Hartley and Sarah McDonald Hughes.   

Northern Spirit in association with Sheffield Theatres, Northern Stage, the Unity Theatre, New Writing North and the Royal Exchange Theatre presents A WONDROUS PLACE.

Bored of prejudiced misconceptions about the north? 

In A WONDROUS PLACE, four outstanding young writers challenge the clichés and offer you fresh and vibrant perspectives on four amazing contemporary Northern cities: Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

'Chris Meads's production has a likeable lightness of touch, with witty animated graphics, quirky music and engaging performances from a quartet of actors who demonstrate an impressive facility for sharing each other's accents' The Guardian

In ELECTRICITY by Sarah McDonald Hughes (Once In A House On Fire, Monkeywood Theatre, The Lowry) Angel discovers that Manchester can be as glamorous as New York and as romantic as Paris.

PORTERS BROOK by Matt Hartley (Sixty Five Miles, Paines Plough, Hull Truck) looks at the spirit of Sheffield people.

DOG by Luke Barnes (Bottleneck, High Tide Festival, Soho Theatre) explores redemption and forgiveness within the midnight streets of Liverpool.

WHATSPACEBETWEEN by Alison Carr (Can Cause Death, Forward Theatre Project, National Theatre, Northern Stage, Latitude Festival) examines an extraordinary encounter with Gateshead's Dunston Rocket.

‘Elegantly crafted by a quartet of rising new writers…each story beginning in a recognisable locality but ending deep in the northern soul. THIS COMPELLING PRODUCTION certainly delivers FRESH THINKING about true north – and it CERTAINLY ISN’T GRIM’ The Stage

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Reviews from the Tour...
Reviews from the Tour...
'A trans-Pennine voyage of regional re-discovery.' - The Stage.
'Four short dramas with an emphatically original sense of place.' - The Guardian.
The Guardian Review -  4 Stars

‘Northern Spirit is a new company that aims to redefine the concept of northern-ness, beginning with the curious tale of a rocket in Gateshead. Admittedly, the Dunston Rocket was a 1970s high-rise housing development rather than a vehicle of space exploration. But Alison Carr has written a tenderly observed ode to the redrawing of the Tyneside skyline that happened when the building was finally demolished in January last year. Carr's contribution sets the tone for this collection of four short dramas with an emphatically original sense of place. Chris Meads's production has a likable lightness of touch, with witty animated graphics, quirky music and engaging performances from a quartet of actors who demonstrate an impressive facility for sharing each other's accents. And it's big enough to admit that some northern cliches may actually be true. As McDonald Hughes states on the company blog: "Yes, it rains. But it rains too in London, though the rain here is better.’ Read the full review here 
The Stage Review

‘Northern Spirit is on wondrous mission: to counter corny cliches about life in the north of England by celebrating life as it is lived. Instead of an everyday existence of gritty grimness, the northern worlds explored in four mini-dramas, elegantly crafted by a quartet of rising new writers, is far more diverse, each story beginning in a recognisable locality but ending deep in the northern soul. Skilfully staged by director Chris Meads, employing discrete digital projections as backcloths to Lois Maskell’s multifunctional white-painted setting, the overall effect is of a trans-Pennine voyage of regional re-discovery by way of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Tyneside. In these cities the central characters find unexpected organic connections with their hometown roots. with superb pin-drop acting and smart production values…this utterly compelling production certainly delivers fresh thinking about true north - and it certainly isn’t grim.’ Read the full review here.
British Theatre Guide Review
‘It’s a neat idea: commission four young writers, each to write a piece about her or his home city, aimed at countering that old cliché ‘it’s grim up North’, and then tour the production to the cities in question—Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and Manchester. This commendable new writing project, produced by Northern Spirit, is given its clearest expression in Adam’s closing realisation about his home town [within Matt Hartley’s ‘Porter’s Brook’] : ‘I always felt happier arriving at the station than I ever did leaving it.’ Read the full review here

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Audience Feedback from the Tour...
Audience Feedback from the Tour...

LIVERPOOL: 15 - 18 May 2013

@wondrous_place opened last night at @unitytheatre uplifting, amazing and inspiring! Come see!”

@wondrous_place at @unitytheatre is bloody brilliant. It ain't too grim up North.

Top night out  watching @wondrous_place & then scran @luchaliverpool - thoroughly recommended!
Clever design and captivating writing @unitytheatre @wondrous_place filled me with pride to be not only scouse but northern too. Brilliant!

Can't stop thinking about @wondrous_place - such great writing from @missalicarr, @MaheHartley, @northernluke and Sarah McDonald Hughes

SHEFFIELD: 23 May - 1 June

Brilliant, uplifting, new art: @wondrous_place at @crucibletheatre til 1 June. It salutes Sheffield, the North & any city you've ever loved.

Transported by brilliance last night. Best theatre I've seen in years - and it was new writing too @crucibletheatre @wondrous_place

Super @wondrous_place last night @crucibletheatre brilliant cast and performance - still time to see it in #Sheffield Ncastle + Mancr

such a wonderful night at the @crucibletheatre watching @wondrous_place was so uplifting! perfect mid week treat and met some lovely people!

@crucibletheatre @wondrous_place Wondrous Place should be called Wondrous Play An absolute delight & a stirring tribute to the northern town

@wondrous_place pleasure, we weren't expecting the play to have such an impact. Well done and thanks again x

@wondrous_place is touching, funny, beautiful & compelling with stunning performances and some brilliant writing from SMH of @monkeywood

NEWCASTLE: 4 - 6 June 2013

@wondrous_place is an absolutely stunning piece of theatre - blown away by the quality and care taken with every aspect @northernstage

Just seen an excellent production of @wondrous_place at @northernstage including great piece by @missalicarr - well worth the ticket!

Well @wondrous_place is life-affirmingly brilliant. If you can get to the last Newcastle performance tomorrow DO IT!

@wondrous_place - It is nice to see quality drama that I can relate too. Great little set too. Well done! @northernstage @NewWritingNorth

Well @wondrous_place at @northernstage was bloody brilliant!See it tmrw b4 it heads to @rxtheatre - thanks @NewWritingNorth for a great show

We loved @wondrous_place @northernstage last night- Newcastle dwellers we recommend you go & see it tonight #lastshow

Great night @northernstage seeing @wondrous_place - fresh, brill plays about the North as really is now. Great writing, acting and staging

Just been to see Northern Spirit's @wondrous_place at @northernstage. It was funny, heartwarming, emotional and endearing #goseeit

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