Road by Jim Cartwright

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Presented by The Kelvin Players

It has been 90 years since the Kelvin Players Theatre Company staged their inaugural show, The Private Secretary by Charles Hawtrey; to celebrate this significant anniversary, the group are delving into their extensive back catalogue, and are pleased to present a play they first produced twenty years ago: Jim Cartwright’s Road.

Set in the late 80s, the play explores the lives of the people in a deprived, working class area of Lancashire, during the government of Margaret Thatcher, a time of high unemployment in the north of England. Despite its explicit nature, it was considered extremely effective in portraying the desperation of people’s lives at this time, as well as containing a great deal of humour.

Even with its historical setting, Road still resonates today, as political uncertainty and austerity blight the lives of many in this divided country.

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