Dates and Times
Fri 20 - Sat 21 April at 9pm
Part of Common People: the working class theatre festival. Browse the full programme here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest. Common People runs from Tue 17 – Sat 28 April.
Presented by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
It’s a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the place you belong because you were born there and because your dad kissed your mum in that underpass; the places that are in your blood but also the places you adopt; that you pretend are your home and the places you change yourself to try and belong in.
These places aren’t as simple as geography. It’s also about who’s where in the pecking order. About who gets to speak and where and when.
It’s about class mobility. And regional identity. And being a Thatcher’s child.
It’s about education and ‘making good’ for yourself. And maybe about how that can leave you exiled from the place you started. With nowhere to quite belong.
They’ve been thinking about it for a really long time.
“Thought-provoking autobiographical exploration of the relationship between accent and class” – ★★★★ The Stage
“Atkinson-Lord’s point – and the manifestation of it… is expertly made, inviting all of us to question how much of our own class is an outward protection, and how malleable that might be, depending on what we choose to leave behind.” – ★★★★ The Scotsman
“A thoughtful and moving piece about social mobility, class warfare… and what happens when you lose your real voice.” – Lyn Gardner
About the company
Rebecca is a hybrid theatre-maker who directs, writes, devises and produces theatre and performance and has directed more than 20 professional productions around the UK and internationally. Last year, her production of Cuddles by Joseph Wilde played an acclaimed off-Broadway run and was named one of the 10 best shows of the year by both the New York Times and New York Post.
From 2010 – 2015 Rebecca was Co-Director of Theatre at Ovalhouse where she commissioned or co-produced more than 80 new pieces of contemporary theatre and raised around £1.5 million for emerging artists and their work. She is Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Arch 468 and Chair of the Board of Dante or Die.
This is her first solo show.