A Wondrous Place

“Its smells, its feel, its colours, its joys, its losses – they are in my bones, my blood, my teeth, my sweat, my nails.”

Finalist, Best Studio Production – Manchester Theatre Awards

“Carr has written a tenderly observed ode to the redrawing of the Tyneside skyline … ” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“[the writers] were working straight from the heart and compromising nothing … Beaumont’s indecisive Geordie lass in a transforming city getting laughs of recognition and lumps in throats” – Bleed Magazine

“thoughful, emotionally charged pieces” ★★★★ – The Good Review

“I got goosebumps and felt overwhelmingly proud to be from the North” – WhatsOnStage

“a witty and well-crafted story … a good start to the evening, giving us the sense of a writer with Newcastle in her bones.” – British Theatre Guide

“lively, spirited, full of life … exquisite, so powerful and attention grabbing.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision

“this utterly compelling production certainly delivers fresh thinking about true north – and it certainly isn’t grim.” – The Stage

Extraordinary Adventures in a Re-imagined North

In Northern Spirit’s new theatre production A WONDROUS PLACE, four outstanding young writers challenge the ‘it’s grim up North’ clichés and offer four fresh and vibrant perspectives on four amazing contemporary Northern cities: Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester.

A WONDROUS PLACE brings these brand four new short-dramas together within one dramatic story sequence. It’s about celebrating all that’s unique about these North of England cities. It’s about discovering what they share.

It’s about seeing this part of the world differently and experiencing it with new eyes. Directed by Chris Meads.

– The A WONDROUS PLACE stories –

What Space Between by Alison Carr: Eme has an extraordinary encounter with Gateshead’s Dunston Rocket.

Electricity by Sarah McDonald Hughes: Angel discovers that Manchester can be as glamorous as New York and as romantic as Paris.

Dog by Luke Barnes: Haunted by a terrible event, Jonny seeks redemption and forgiveness within the midnight streets of Liverpool.

Porters Brook by Matt Hartley: Adam’s life is saved by the spirit of Sheffield’s people.

– Tour Dates –

LIVERPOOL – Unity Theatre, Wed 15th – Sat 18th May 2013
SHEFFIELD – Crucible Studio Theatre, Thu 23rd May – Sat 1st June 2013
NEWCASTLE – Northern Stage, Tue 4th – Thu 6th June 2013
MANCHESTER – Royal Exchange Theatre, Tue 11th – Sat 22nd June 2013