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Thrasher by Conor McKee
Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:00pm
Tickets £7, £5 concessions (limited tickets - early booking advised)
Following the success of Burnt, Conor McKee returns with his new play, Thrasher.
Thrasher revolves around the lives of six very different people on one night in Manchester. We have Lee and Jenny, whose relationship is on its last legs, as Lee scavenges around to save it and scrape himself out of debt. There’s typical lad Colin, his horrible manipulative, venomous girlfriend Vic, and her “best friend” God-bothering Chloe, who Colin seems to have a less-than-innocent interest in. And finally there’s Frank, a lonely middle-aged man, who is a little bit of a mystery.
'A slick, interesting and very entertaining piece of theatre’ - THE PUBLIC REVIEWS - 4.5 STARS
‘Clever, comic and touching drama’ - MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
‘A real buzz has developed around the writer and his work…this is a fine piece which can only add to McKee’s burgeoning reputation.’ EXEUNT - ****
‘The performances are quietly contemplative and the writing superb’ WHAT’S ON STAGE ****
‘Thrasher is McKee’s long awaited second play…a great success…The pace and delivery is stupendous’ - MANCHESTER SALON
Writer Development Scheme - great opportunity for local playwrights!
As part of the production, Conor will be giving four local playwrights the opportunity to experience the script development process used by his company. Each of the writers will write a short play inspired by an extract of Thrasher. These will be workshopped by the company during the day and given a public reading in the evening at The Continental on Thursday 21st March, before the performance of Thrasher.
The writers will then watch the full play for free and take part in a post show question and answer session with Conor and the cast.
Conor described the scheme as follows:
'It's a process that allows actors and writers to work together from the very beginnings of a script being written. Usually the actors only get involved quite late in the day, when the script is going into rehearsal and very little development can take place. This is a really exciting way to work. It gets playwrights and actors talking to each other and understanding each other and that makes the end result stronger.'
For more information or to apply for the scheme, writers can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions and are available from The Continental’s bar, Preston Visitor Information Centre (at the Guild Hall, 01772 253 731) or online from seetickets and wegottickets