Maine Road 20109th March 2010 by Martin Gibbons
Maine Road, by writer Sarah McDonald Hughes, premièred at the 24:7 Theatre Festival 2009 to resounding 4 star reviews and sell out performances. The script has undergone significant development for the 2010 tour, following production by the BBC as a radio 4 afternoon play. Monkeywood are delighted that the Maine Road tour is supported by Arts Council England with funding awarded through the Grants for the Arts initiative and Sarah’s rewriting of Maine Road was supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Leo is an avid City fan who finds his team packing up and leaving at the same time as his whole word falls apart. It is May 2003 and as the last game at Manchester City’s Maine Road stadium approaches, a family in mourning face their own struggle to survive. Let down by those he depends on most, Leo escapes into football and City, knowing that soon they’ll be gone too.
The new production of Maine Road tours from The Lowry on Fri 12, Thu 18, Fri 19 & Sat 20 March 2010 to:
Sat 10 April, 7.30pm – Action Transport Theatre
Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 9AE
0151 357 2120
Sat 24 April, 7.30pm – Saltburn Community Theatre
Albion Terrace, Saltburn by the Sea, TS12 1JW
01287 624 622
Fri 30 April 2010, 8pm – Halifax Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG.
01422 349 422
Monkeywood are Sarah McDonald Hughes, Francesca Waite and Martin Gibbons. Producing plays in Manchester since 2003, Maine Road follows Last Orders at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Studio; A Song for the Lovers, performed at The Lowry in Salford, making whatsonstage.com’s final list of 2008’s top productions, described as “highly charged and engaging…packed with humour and pathos”; Coach G, performed in 2005 at Manchester’s Taurus Bar, Chorlton Arts Festival and Studio Salford described in the Evening News as “Hip… edgy and watchable… compelling and intriguing new play… well-served by a talented young cast” and Closer by Patrick Marber at Manchester’s Platt Chapel in 2003.
(c) Image courtesy of Manchester City Football Club