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In Development: Uprising

Wed 3 Jun
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays

Alison Carr
Becky Hine
Hannah Rodger
Francesca Waite
By Monkeywood Theatre
Directed By Louie Ingham and Hannah Tyrell-Pinder

UPRISING is Monkeywood’s writers-on-attachment scheme to support four writers to develop the plays that they’ve been burning to write. The writers were supported over a 6 month draft process, culminating in a day’s development with a director and cast of professional actors ahead of a script-in-hand sharing at The Lowry in June 2015. An audience heard extracts from each play to contribute to their future development.

The plays:

SOAR by Alison Carr
Over one weekend once a year in a seaside town, crowds flock to watch amateur aviators throw themselves off the pier in homemade flying machines. When Simon comes to stay in Claire’s Guest House, two strangers meet who know there is a fine line between flying and falling, sinking and drowning.

THE GIRL FROM WARD FOUR by Becky Prestwich
When Sophie and Richard meet in the Courtyard of an Adolescent Mental Health Unit, they are instantly drawn to each other. But can their fragile romance survive the real world? The play explores perception and reality – what are the stories we tell in order to convince the world we are normal? And what does ‘normal’ even mean?

THE LOCK IN by Hannah Rodger
The night before their wedding Becca and Gary meet up with her sister Sara and new boyfriend Ray for drinks. When their evening is disrupted by a local police incident they find they are not only unable to leave the pub they also incapable of escaping their past too…

KEEPER by Francesca Waite
In a town where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nothing is missed, a man goes missing. As Ruby watches the search parties gather in the broken beam of the lighthouse, she wonders if anyone would even notice if she was gone. KEEPER is about growing up in a small town, community, friendship, belonging and loss.

UPRISING is funded by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts and supported by The Lowry.

  • Wednesday 3 June



There’s not one of these plays that wouldn’t be worth seeing in its entirety. We can only hope that the opportunities are there for these four writers to get these entertaining and well-crafted works out to a wider audience.

Public Reviews



Loved this last night. Beautiful, moving work from @MissCDarcy @Iankershaw and co ❤️ @OldhamColiseum

02 Jul 2022

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