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Bittersweet Comedy In Bury Prior To Its Premiere at Edinburgh Festival...

Previewing at Theatre Royal prior to its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, East-Anglia’s leading independent new-writing theatre company, Menagerie, begin their creative journey North, in Bury on 24th July.


Critically–acclaimed writer, Jane Upton, has been hailed as a playwright of ‘perfection’ - creating stories that are ‘dirty, funny and heart-breaking’. Her new piece, Swimming, promises to be no different and is a bittersweet comedy about grief, growing up and the paralysing pressure to be somebody.

Set against a backdrop of sun, sea, sand and long drawn out nights fuelled by the preoccupations of adolescent life, Swimming is a tender tale of three teenagers trapped on the uneventful Isle of Wight, desperate to make their way, and their mark, in the world.

Under starry skies and seaside lights, Jack, Lucy and Milly are spending their summer working in a greasy seaside café. Behind the banter, bravado and occasional hangover, the three teens struggle with past heartache, disconnection and an anxiety for a future they just can’t seem to start living.


Since Menagerie Theatre Company’s inception, East Anglia has seen an extraordinary canon established from first-time writers such as Janice Okoh (Egusi Soup), through to major international artists such as Naomi Wallace (Retreating World). 


Countless collaborations with new and local talent, in addition to frequent premieres of brand new productions in Bury has resulted in the Theatre Royal’s long-standing support of Menagerie Theatre Company. Notably, Menagerie’s wonderful Hotbed Festival of new writing was partly hosted at the Theatre Royal last summer, an event which is highly regarded in the theatrical calendar and was picked out by The Guardian’s Theatre Critic, Lyn Gardner, as an event not to be missed.


Menagerie Theatre are returning to Theatre Royal after premiering the furiously funny family drama, Egusi Soup, in February. Once more, the intimate theatre offers an opportunity to preview a production that promises to make a splash in the national theatre scene.


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