It proved a gas at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, now the eco-comedy Fracked! Or Please Don’t Use The F Word is taking its green credentials on the road.
Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Jonathan Church Productions and Duncan C Weldon are taking the Chichester hit for a tour of the Tory heartlands from next month with its original stars James Bolam and Anne Reid.
Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy (which got a five stars from Stage Review after its Chichester opening bit.ly/29XrCoi) is set in an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas.
Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who finds herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor.
While her increasingly grumpy husband (James Bolam) longs for a quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media.
Desperate to get planning permission, hard-nosed PR men team up with a corrupt local councillor to persuade the villagers that fracking is good.Elizabeth’s having none of it, and mans the barricades.
The razor sharp black comedy takes a timely look at a controversial subject currently affecting thousands of lives around the UK.
Also back for the tour is Michael Simkins (Yes, Prime Minister, Hay Fever). He is joined by Harry Hadden-Paton (Downton Abbey); Waleed Akhtar, Andrea Hart, Sophie Khan Levy, Freddie Meredith, Steven Roberts and Tristram Wymark.
2017 Tour Dates
April 12-22, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford April 24-29, Malvern Theatres May 1-6, Theatre Royal, Brighton May 8-13, Richmond Theatre May 15-20, Theatre Royal, Bath May 22-27, Cambridge Arts Theatre