News: Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Blackstuff To Play At The Garrick Theatre

March 26, 2024
News: Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Blackstuff To Play At The Garrick Theatre

Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Blackstuff by James Graham will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited eight-week season at The Garrick Theatre, following runs at Liverpools Royal Court and the National’s Olivier Theatre.

James Graham’s powerful new adaptation of Alan Bleasdale’s seminal TV drama, Boys from the Blackstuff is directed by Kate Wasserberg and the Liverpool’s Royal Court and National Theatre production is presented in the West End by Bill Kenwright Limited.

Graham said of adapting Bleasdale’s drama, “To work with Alan Bleasdale in the room has been the biggest treat of my life. He’s one of the reasons I became a writer. I think Boys from the Blackstuff is more resonant today than it’s ever been before. We’re living through a time right now, with the cost of living crisis, where those fears and that anger towards the lack of hope, the lack of a plan to get us out of this crisis, makes an audience respond and react. And because of how iconic these characters are, and because of all those famous lines that a lot of people still remember, it feels really alive in the theatre. It’s actually really funny: Alan Bleasdale is an hilarious writer and Liverpool has this dark sense of humour that cuts through all the tragedy and all the bleakness.

1980s Liverpool.  Chrissie, Loggo, George, Dixie and Yosser are used to hard work and providing for their families.  But there is no work and there is no money.  What are they supposed to do?  Work harder, work longer, buy cheaper, spend less?  They just need a chance.  Life is tough but the lads can play the game.  Find the jobs, avoid the ‘sniffers’ and see if you can have a laugh along the way.

The cast will include George Caple (Doctor Who, BBC; a member of the Liverpool Everyman Rep company) as Snowy/Kevin/Scotty, Dominic Carter (DC Hooch in Coronation Street, ITV; Janos Slynt in Game of Thrones, HBO; The Responder, BBC) as Molloy/Marley/Landlord/Catholic Priest/Policeman, Helen Carter (The Flint Street Nativity at Liverpool Everyman, Top Girls at the Royal Court) as Miss Sutcliffe/Freda/Margaret, Aron Julius (Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile; Death in Paradise, BBC; DCI Banks, ITV) as Loggo, Nathan McMullen (Doctor Who Christmas Special, BBC; Finn Samson in Misfits, E4; Wagatha Christie: Rooney v Vardy, Ambassadors Theatre) as Chrissie, Lauren O’Neil (Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall; This House, National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Garrick Theatre; King Lear, Chichester and BAM, New York;) as Angie/Jean/Lawton/Student/Lollipop Lady, Jamie Peacock (Masquerade, Epstein Theatre) as Moss/Anglican Reverend, Barry Sloane (Chris Fischer in The Bay, ITV; DS Lawson in Litvinenko, ITV; Aiden Mathis in Revenge, Channel 4) as Yosser, Liam Tobin (Sean in Then and Now, a member of the Liverpool Everyman Rep company) ensemble and Mark Womack (Barry in The Responder, BBC; DI Malone in Emmerdale, ITV; Eddie Spearritt in Hillsborough, ITV) as Dixie.

Boys from the Blackstuff is directed by Kate Wasserberg (Artistic Director, Theatr Clwyd), with set and costume design by Amy Jane Cook, lighting design by Ian Scott, movement direction by Rachael Nanyonjo, original music composed and sound design by Dyfan Jones, associate sound design by Kate Harvey, audio visual design by Jamie Jenkin, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams of RC-Annie Ltd and associate movement direction by Jocelyn Prah.  Staff director is Lauren Dickson.

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