Extraordinary stories, ordinary lives at Stephen Joseph Theatre


Goth Weekend



A summer season of plays celebrating the often extraordinary stories of people leading ordinary lives has been announced at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The season will include a revival of Jim Cartwright’s much-loved The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film which was made in Scarborough; the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s new play, A Brief History of Women and the world premiere of up-and-coming writer, Ali Taylor’s Goth Weekend.

There is also the regional premiere of Amelia Bullmore’s touching comedy Di and Viv and Rose and a revival of one of Ayckbourn’s funniest shows, Taking Steps.

Paul Robinson, the SJT’s artistic director, said: “At the heart of our 2017 summer season is the endeavour to celebrate the stories of ‘ordinary’ people.

“All of this work – and our new artistic policy – reflects our belief here at the SJT that every person, regardless of their background, can fulfil their potential if only given the opportunity, and that within all of us, however normal or ordinary we might feel, we are exceptional and we have extraordinary stories to tell.”

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, June 15 – August 19, written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Paul Robinson.

Probably best known for its stunning film adaptation starring Jane Horrocks Little Voice tells the story of a painfully shy young woman, LV, who spends her days trying to avoid her domineering mother, Mari.

In turns, brutal and tender, terrifying and exhilarating, this production will serve up the perfect cocktail of northern grit and Hollywood glitz.

It’s also packed with hilarious characters and hit songs. Bold, brassy and big-hearted.

Taking Steps, July 13 – October 5, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

On the original opening night of this brilliantly clever and outrageously funny farce the laughter was so loud it broke the theatre’s tannoy system.

Tongue-tied solicitor Tristram may have bitten off more than he can chew when he is sent along to oversee the sale of a large and crumbling house, reputedly a haunted former brothel.

Hardware tycoon Roland Crabbe and scheming builder Leslie Bainbridge are not easy clients and Roland’s wife, Elizabeth, is on the brink of leaving with the help of her brother Mark and his shrinking-violet fiancée, Kitty.

Misunderstandings multiply and play out in every corner of the three-storey house.

Di and Viv and Rose, August 3 – 26, written by Amelia Bullmore,directed Lotte Wakeham.                                           

Three women are thrown together in their late teens. They are very different people but it isn’t long before they are living in each other’s pockets. Life is a blast and together they can do anything.

But life also has unexpected plans for them… A funny, moving and surprising story of three friends whose relationship spans 30 dramatic years.

A Brief History of Women, September 1 – October 7, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn. 

A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.

Goth Weekend, September 14 – October 7, written by Ali Taylor, directed by Paul Robinson. 

Goth Weekend tells the story of a girl growing up in a town where being different is difficult, where conforming is the norm.

Mum’s no longer around and dad has started dating a bit too soon. Worst of all he’s dating Belinda, a Goth who looks like a vampire and has her purple hearse parked on the drive. No, worst of all he’s started dressing like one…

Set during the lead-up to Whitby Goth Weekend, this funny and provocative play is about who we are and what we pretend to be – and why, twice a year in North Yorkshire, people dress up like Dracula!

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