A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
In a Teesdale tenant farm, three old friends confront how ancestry and tradition shape the way they live now.
A fort on a hilltop, a landowner’s estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe’s cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other.
In this ambitious production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries will be made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle will take place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space.
Chris Thorpe is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange and has created the hugely successful THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT. Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and is an Associate of Live Art/ Theatre company Third Angel. Chris has recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the award-winning THE SHAPE OF THE PAIN.
Chris's work tours internationally and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the upcoming premiere of VICTORY CONDITION at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT and CONFIRMATION winning the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018. Chris was the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17, and works with the National Student Drama Festival.
Sam Pritchard is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court. From 2010 to 2012, he was the New Writing Associate at the Exchange. He was the winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012.
VENUE: Scarth Hall, South Green, Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham DL2 3LD
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September, both at 7.30pm
TICKET INFORMATION: All Tickets £7.00 (no concessions)
BOOK TICKETS: online or in person at Staindrop Post Office, 4 Front Street, Staindrop DL2 3NH
WRITER Chris Thorpe
DIRECTOR Sam Pritchard
DESIGNER Rosie Elnile
LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Distin-Webster
SOUND DESIGNER Mike Winship
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Atri Banerjee