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Once in a House on Fire

Fri 1 Jun–Sat 25 Aug 2012
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Northern Stage at St Stephens

Sarah McDonald Hughes

Set Design by Lois Maskell
Fight Director Kenan Ali
Video by Doug Saunders
Monkeywood Theatre in development with The Lowry
Directed By Martin Gibbons

ONCE IN A HOUSE ON FIRE, developed with The Lowry, was nominated for Best New Play in the 2011 Manchester Theatre Awards and for Best Studio Performance for Sarah McDonald Hughes. In Summer 2012 the production was invited by Northern Stage to Edinburgh to be part of their ‘Made in the North’ programme at St Stephens, where it received 5 star reviews and overwhelmingly positive audience feedback.

Once in a House on Fire is based on the bestselling memoir by Andrea Ashworth and has been developed collaboratively by the company. It’s a compelling, inspiring, vibrant, truthful and moving story of sisters, survival and growing up, set across Manchester in the 1970s and 80s.

I’m thrilled that Once in a House on Fire is being brought to life on the stage through the fabulous Monkeywood Theatre, and immensely proud that they’re devoting their unique talents and passion to sharing this story.” Andrea Ashworth

Once in a House on Fire toured in 2011 from The Lowry to Barnsley Civic and Preston New Continental and in 2012 from The Lowry to The Brewery, Kendal, Wales Millennium Centre and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, before a Summer in Edinburgh.

  • Friday 1 June
    The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Saturday 2 June
    The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Saturday 11 August
    Northern Stage at St Stephens
  • Saturday 25 August
    Northern Stage at St Stephens



“With an all-female cast the abusive characters are relegated to the shadows, allowing the audience to learn about their behaviours by observing the conversations of the girls and their mother. Devastating and all too real, the piece highlights many of the reasons and excuses made by victims for both continuing to stay in violent relationships and repeating the cycle with several partners.”

***** Public Reviews

“Monkeywood and McDonald Hughes are a potent combination and I hope they'll be around for a long, long time to come. Outstanding and uncompromising – you simply mustn't miss this.”

***** Messenger Newspapers



@theatremighty @ace_national Fantastic! Congratulations pals x

17 Oct 2018

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