World Premiere


  • By Chris Urch
  • 21 April 2015 - 1 May 2015
  • The Theatre

One day you're you. The next you're – I can't even say the word. 

★★★★★ 'A punchy fast paced script laden with quick wit, sharp language and deep philosophical commentary makes The Rolling Stone a must see, truly inspirational play.' Manchester Evening News

Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. They should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their families. But they're gay and this is Uganda. The consequences of their relationship being discovered will be violent and explosive. Especially for Dembe, whose brother goes into the pulpit each week to denounce the evils of one man loving another.

A Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner in 2013, THE ROLLING STONE will play in rep alongside ANNA KARENINA, drawing from some of the same cast and creative team telling these two very different stories of lovers at odds with their society.

"The Rolling Stone deals with some controversial subjects but I hope I've tackled them with a lot of heart, honesty and humour." Chris Urch, Writer


THE ROLLING STONE transfers to the West Yorkshire Playhouse 12 - 23 May 2015. MORE INFORMATION

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Tuesday 21 April - Friday 1 May 2015 

    (Evenings) Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, Friday 24, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 April & Friday 1 May: 7.30pm.
    (Matinee) Thursday 23 April: 2.30pm

    TICKET PRICES: £12/£10

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online


     Approx 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes.

  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Chris Urch

    DIRECTOR Ellen McDougall

    DESIGNER Joanna Scotcher

    LIGHTING Richard Owen

    SOUND David Norton

    FIGHTS Kevin McCurdy

    VOICE COACH Hazel Holder

    MUSICAL DIRECTOR James Fortune

  • Related Events
  • AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Tuesday 28 April after 7.30pm performance. More Information

  • Accessible Performances

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 29 April, 7.30pm

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances 


  • Dembe

    Fiston Barek


    Robert Gilbert


    Sule Rimi


    Ony Uhiara


    Faith Omole


    Donna Berlin

  • * * * * * 'A punchy fast paced script laden with quick wit, sharp language and deep philosophical commentary makes The Rolling Stone a must see, truly inspirational play.' Manchester Evening News

    * * * * * 'This is sublime play, a superb production...It demands to be seen.' Whatsonstage

    * * * * 'For me, theatre is at its best when it makes you sit up and think and this thought provoking piece does just that. It's a breath of fresh air, an expertly crafted masterpiece and a must see production.' Messenger Newspaper

    * * * * 'The cast are absolutely remarkable. Chris Urch’s powerful and well-paced play is both vital and engaging. The Rolling Stone is a brilliant piece of work, brought to life by a phenomenal cast. I urge you to see it while you can. The Good Review

    'Urch writes with a crusading urgency and confidence that makes it remarkable that this is only his second full-length play.' The Guardian

    * * * * 'The Rolling Stone is a powerful play that tackles its subject with unflinching honesty whilst never losing humour and heart. It is exciting to see new writing feature so prominently in the main theatre space at the Royal Exchange and the success of The Rolling Stone proves how vitally important it is that it continues to do so.' The Public Reviews

    * * * * * 'The Rolling Stone is a powerful production and highly compelling viewing. Chris Urch’s writing really draws its audience in, this is a real edge-of-your seat captivating drama, where we can engage with the characters, empathise with their predicaments and wish that we could influence their futures.' Upstaged Manchester

    * * * * * 'This is a brilliant piece of drama, showing off writing with real depth and flair. This drama and its momentus conclusion resonates long after you have left the theatre, and that’s true drama at its best.' Daily Post

    * * * * 'Its grip is subtle but also strong... it is a play of tenderness and delicacy.' The Stage

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