Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week we invite you to come closer and explore the work of 14 exciting, emerging playwrights from the North West!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COME CLOSER
24 & 25 APRIL FROM 6PM and 26 APRIL FROM 12PM
 

 
We invite you to COME CLOSER.
Over 3 days - Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April - 14 of the most exciting playwrights in the North West will showcase their stories, secrets, confidences and confessions in monologues responding to the question:

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF? 
 
From intimate confessions to foot-stomping polemics – discover characters around The Great Hall, waiting for an audience. Find them, take a seat, and listen.

Download our Performance Map & Schedule here.
 
The Writers
Supported by the Royal Exchange and Bruntwood Hub, over the last six months a group of playwrights and theatre makers from across the North West have been working with a range of practitioners to provoke, challenge and support the ambitions of their work, and to interrogate what Theatre means today.
These are their stories...
 
Friday 24 April: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
in the Great Hall
A LETTER TO YOU 
by Zodwa Nyoni
Performed by Ibinabo Jack
Directed by Matthew Xia
 
A TRANSITORY TALE 
by Howard Carr
Performed by Isabel Ford
Directed by Megan Marie Griffith
 
CARDS ON THE TABLE 
by Chris Bush
Performed by Mina Anwar
Directed by Alex Summers
 
EILEEN 
 by Kellie Smith
Performed by Grace Cassidy
Directed by Megan Marie Griffith
 
I BELONG TO THE STARS 
by Joshua Val Martin
Performed by David Judge
Directed by Matthew Xia
 
REFLECTION/REFLECTING 
by Alan Cliff
Performed by Kevin Harvey
Directed by Stephanie Bain
 
SCREAMING HEART 
 by Joe Ward-Munrow
Performed by Olivia Sweeney
Directed by Joe Mellor

Saturday 25 April: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
in the Great Hall
CURLY WURLY 
by Ella Carmen Greenhill
Performed by Kate Coogan
Directed by Piers Black-Hawkins
 
DISTRACTION 
 by Terry Corbett
Performed by Michael Peavoy
Directed by Joe Mellor
 
I WOULDN'T KILL HITLER 
by Dominic Grace
Performed by Murray Taylor
Directed by Piers Black-Hawkins
 
THE DEEPEST COLOUR RED 
by Louise Wallwein
Performed by Danielle Henry
Directed by Matthew Xia
 
THE UNIVERSE WAS CONSPIRING
AGAINST ME FOR SEVEN YEARS 
 by Chanje Kunda
Performed by Rachel Austin
Directed by Alex Summers
 
TO BARB 
 by Nikky Norton
Performed by Reuben Johnson
Directed by Alex Summers
 
TRIPLE THE PRICE OF A FRUIT CAKE 
by Kim Wiltshire
Performed by Sara Sadeghi
Directed by Stephanie Bain
 
On Sunday 26 April all monologues will be performed
 around the Great Hall and in the Theatre from 12noon - 4.00pm
 
These free performances will take place around the Great Hall. Please collect information from the Box Office when you arrive or download here.
 
With thanks to the John S Cohen Foundation, The Garrick Charitable Trust and all those who supported the theatre's recent Catalyst project, including public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.