A 154 Collective and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production


Winner of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award

  • 28 June 2019 - 6 July 2019
  • The Studio

WRESTLING THE WALRUS is a playful and poignant tale of two people who form an unlikely bond over a series of chance encounters.

A young woman spots an elderly man sitting alone on a park bench and decides to share her lunch with him. The next day the same thing happens. As their meetings continue, they share stories from their lives, but the man becomes a little unsettled and – perhaps that first chance encounter was no accident.

A new play about companionship, connections and the millions of tiny memories that make up someone’s history. It is a suitcase full of stories collected over a lifetime, unpacked to reveal the people we are, the people we could be and what happens when we forget to pack the right things.

With two actors and three musicians all performing live onstage, woven together with animation and projected film, expect a captivating feast for the senses.

154 Collective is an international group of theatre makers, visual artists, animators, musicians and writers who come together to tell new stories in innovative and captivating ways.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 28 June - Saturday 6 July 2019

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees 2.30pm / Evenings 7.30pm. Half Price Previews - Friday 28 June and Saturday 29 June, all at 7.30pm. 
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    RUNNING TIME: Approx. 75 minutes with no interval

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+ (occassional use of bad language)

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 /  £11 Concessions / £7 Under 26s & Student tickets available on 2, 4, 5 & 6 July at 7.30pm

    BOOK TICKETS: Book online or call Box Office 0161 833 9833

    CONTENT WARNING: There is a content warning for this show. This may contain spoilers.  You can see the warning here. 


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  • Creative Team
  • PERFORMERS: Nik Wood-Jones, Leanne Rowley, Emma Davies (Video)

    MUSICIANS: James Dey, Hayley Youell & Nick Lewis


    ART DIRECTOR: Fabric Lenny

    SET & COSTUME DESIGN: Hannah Sibai

    LIGHTING DESIGN: Chris Withers

    ANIMATORS: Fabric Lenny, Yvonne Roberts, Benjamin Rabe, Matthew Watkins, Lou Sumray

    FILM CONTENT: Fabric Lenny and Yvonne Roberts

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Yvonne Roberts

    PRODUCTION MANAGER: Matt Sykes-Hooban


  • Related Events
  • POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Tuesday 2 July, after 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

  • Accessible Performances
  • RELAXED / DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES: Wednesday 3 July, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS and Thursday 4 July, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

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