Don’t use the F word. James Bolam & Anne Reid tour with Fracked

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 is set in an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas.

2016 cast

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


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