"A job is a wage and a wage is a cage in a town like mine."

  • By Gareth Farr
  • 22 July 2014 - 26 July 2014
  • The Studio

“I want the audience to be taken on a ride with the play; it can be arresting and take an audience by the scruff of the neck.” Gareth Farr, Writer

Carl doesn't fit in at home. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. When he signs up for the army, he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of life in his hometown. But the army takes him to Afghanistan. And when he comes home, it’s not as a war hero but as a changed man.

BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES won a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011. Gareth Farr has been working as a professional actor for the past eleven years, working with the RSC, The Royal Court, Young Vic and in the West End. He has been part of the Royal Court Writers Programme and Super Group and had worked developed and performed at The Green Room Studio Theatre in Manchester. Gareth has also written for the Tristan Bates Ignition scheme and has since been invited to develop his work for them into a full production. Britannia Waves the Rules is his first full length play.

This story about contemporary conflict will run in repertoire with a reworking of literatures oldest war poem - THE LAST DAYS OF TROY. With members of the same cast, it too sees men going off to war. Yet this heartfelt tale illuminates people and places that have been forgotten. In contrast to Troy’s armies marching lustily into battle, Carl is one man unable to escape the horrors of war.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: 27 May - 7 June 2014 (In repertoire with THE LAST DAYS OF TROY)

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tuesday 27 May: 2.30pm / Tuesday 27 May: 7.30pm / Wednesday 28 May: 7.30pm / Monday 2 June: 7.30pm / Wednesday 4 June: 7.30pm / Saturday 7 June: 5.45pm

    TICKET PRICES: All tickets £12

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Nick Bagnall
    DESIGNER Ashley Martin-Davis
    LIGHTING Chris Davey
    SOUND Pete Rice
    COMPOSER Alex Baranowski
    FIGHTS Kevin McCurdy

  • Related Events
  • AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 4 June, after 7.30pm performance

  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 7 June, 5:45pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 7 June, 5:45pm

  • Carl Jackson

    Dan Parr

    Bilko / Recruiting Officer / Anthony Appleton / Ensemble

    Michael Peavoy

    Carl's Dad / Uncle Charles / Andy Appleton / Ensemble

    Roger Evans

    Carl's Mum / Goldie

    Francesca Zoutewelle

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