PRODUCTION HISTORY

#Awkward by Ade Slack (2016)

Hey you, in an awkward spot,
Listen up, it happens a lot,
Here’s the advice we’ve got for you,
Just remember, others have them too.
Tripped in the street, not a prob
Poo won’t flush, just blame the dog.

Getting an award in front of the school
Your parents trying to act cool.

It’s just a feeling
Isn’t it awkward?

A play exploring the awkward moments in life, and social anxiety in young people.

Directors: Leanne Cork, Ade Slack

Sound Designer / Stage Manager: Rich Hill

Cast: Joanna Maxwell, Laura Roome, Jamie Rose, Lucia Turner, Rory Van Wijk

Performances: Latitude Festival 2016

There's Something Wrong (But We Don't Know What) by Ade Slack (2015)

A play exploring mental health in young people. Set in a fictional help centre, four young characters are thrown together. Can they help each other? Can they save themselves? An important issue tackled with sensitivity, daring to question how we perceive mental health as a subject.

Director: Leanne Cork

Sound Designer / Stage Manager: Rich Hill

Cast: Brie Angel Bill-Eteson, Alice Matthews, Joanna Maxwell, Jamie Rose,

Performances: Latitude Festival 2015

When You Cure Me by Jack Thorne (2015)

A painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love – and coping with serious illness at the same time.

Rachel and Peter are seventeen. They have been going out for six months. It's love's young dream. Then Rachel gets ill – seriously ill. She doesn't want her mum to fuss; she doesn't want Alice to pretend she's her best friend; and she certainly doesn't want Alice's boyfriend telling bad jokes at her bedside. The only person she wants is Peter, but Peter doesn't know what it is that he wants.

When You Cure Me is a bittersweet and poignant tale of love and misunderstanding – and discovering that what you say and do can be very different from what you think and feel.

Director: Ade Slack

Cast: Leanne Cork, Cora O'Connell, Joanna Maxwell, Jake Setters, Harvey Wallis

Performances: 24 January, 14, 16, 20 February 2015 @ Sheringham Little Theatre, The Seagull Lowestoft, The Old Red Lion Islington, Platform Theatre Norwich

Love Steals Us From Loneliness by Gary Owen (2014)

A night out. Friends, alcohol, a club, a strop the usual. But tonight is different. Tonight will change things forever. Normal s gone now. Wave it goodbye. Come on, wave with me. Let's all wave goodbye to normal.

Director: Ade Slack

Cast: Leanne Cork, Murray Davies, Nick Fretwell, Cora O'Connell, Poppy Stevens

Performances: 9, 16, 17 May 2014 @ The Garage Norwich, Sheringham Little Theatre, The Granary Wells

Reviews:

Aggressive, coarse, vulgar language, tasteless drunken behaviour, meaningless fights – there’s enough here to strike alarm into many theatregoers. But, ‘Love Steals Us From Loneliness’. A play by Gary Owen, performed at Wells Granary Theatre on Saturday night, was a quite thoughtful take on some teenagers’ night out in Yarmouth. Performed by a mixture of drama graduates and students from Norwich City College, their energy and tender sensitivity made this an interesting and original evening.
In the first act, in which the ‘action’ from a crummy night club has spilled over into the neighbouring graveyard,  young and attractive Catrin and Scott alternately moan about each other and their companions. Behind the foul language and gross behaviour we gradually recognise two confused but gentle young people.
The second act, years later, reflects upon the consequences of that evening, widening the cast to include parents, siblings, friends. The acting is fine; the two principals in the first part, Nick Fretwell and Cora O’Connell are worthy of mention – as indeed are the rest of the cast. There were very few long moments in this play, excepting, maybe, some excruciating Karaoke. A surprisingly good evening by decent young players.
The Granary: Carla Phillips
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Blackout by Davey Anderson (2013)

Inspired by the true stories of a young offender from Glasgow, a 15 year old who had committed a violent crime, this short play was originally part of the National Theatre's New Connections programme. 

It's a hard-hitting play about 'getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.

Director: Warren Cathrine

Cast: Luke McCulloch

Performances: Various

Reviews:

"Blackout is uncompromising and frank. It makes no excuses for James’ behaviour, nor does it judge – that’s left up to the audience. Norwich-based Second Side, who brought this production to the city’s Garage theatre, claims that it produces theatre by young people for young people; however, there’s no earthly reason why Blackout shouldn’t be enjoyed by adults too. Exceptional work." ***** What's On Stage: Paul Couch

"Blackout isn’t comfortable viewing, nor should it be but it’s a testament to the power of the piece that the mainly youth audience this production is targeting sit transfixed by the unfolding drama. By not judging, the company provides these potential contemporaries of James much to think about, not just about the potential of theatre to challenge and move but a reflection on the impact of life choices themselves." **** Reviews Hub: Glen Pearce
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Overspill by Ali Taylor (2010)

A poetic, explosive thriller about teenagers on a night out that ends in violence.

In Norwich every Friday night, same time and place, Potts, Baron and Finch get ready for their weekly dose of booze, birds and burgers. But their night out takes a dramatic and terrifying twist when an explosion rocks the town centre, and a suspicious population points the finger at them.

Directors: Warren Cathrine, Ade Slack

Cast: Jack Bannon, Tom Cox, Lewis Gadsdon

Performances: 13, 14, 15 January 2010 @ The Garage Norwich
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