The Awkward Squad
A new comedy starring Libby Davison, Barbara Marten
and Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick
Fresh Glory Productions presents a new ‘state-of-the-nation’ comedy, The Awkward Squad at York Theatre Royal from Tue 10 – Fri 13 Apr. The play, by BAFTA winning Emmerdale writer Karin Young, crackles with dry northern humour, the kind you don’t often hear on stage, but know only too well from your own life.
Starring Charlie Hardwick (Val Pollard in ITV’s Emmerdale), Barbara Marten (Casualty, Coronation Street, Brookside), Libby Davison (The Bill, Hollyoaks) and Lisa McGrillis (Shakespeare’s Globe & Pitmen Painters), the North-East set production opened at The Customs House South Shields at the end of February, where it received standing ovations. It is currently running at London’s Arts Theatre until 7 April, before visiting York Theatre Royal from 10 – 13 Apr 2012.
The Awkward Squad takes a sideways look at the unexpected challenges faced by modern women of all ages. It makes eye-catching use of modern visual design to make the stage come to life - as emails, text messages, videos and photo albums are projected on to the scenery to form part of the narrative
What chance does Lorna have of a quiet weekend when both daughters and her granddaughter descend on her with their own problems? She’s spent three decades working for everyone else through the miners’ strikes, local milk schemes and library closures and tomorrow she’s having a community centre named after her, but her granddaughter thinks a boob job is more important…
On top of that a BAFTA, impending divorce, redundancy and a very upmarket caravanette force Lorna to reconsider both the past and the future – for everyone. What’s a woman to do? Accept everything that’s thrown at her, or become a fully paid-up member of the ‘Awkward Squad’?
BAFTA-winning Emmerdale writer Karin Young is also the recipient of the RTS Award for best Soap Opera and the Soap Award for Best Episode.
Date: Tue 10 – Fri 13 Apr
Tickets: £10-22, £8 students and U25s, Concessions available
Venue: Main House
Access: Audio Described Fri 13 Apr, 7.30pm
Barbara Marten will play Lorna, with Charlie Hardwick and Libby Davison as her daughters Sandy and Pam.