**Nominated for Best Studio Production in the 2013 Manchester Theatre Awards**

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.

The A Wondrous Place Story Sequence:

What Space Between by Alison Carr (Can Cause Death, Forward Theatre Project, National Theatre, Northern Stage, Latitude Festival)

Eme has an extraordinary encounter with Gateshead’s Dunston Rocket: ‘Its smells, its feel, its colours, its joys, its losses – they are in my bones, my blood, my teeth, my sweat, my nails.’

Electricity by Sarah McDonald Hughes (Once In A House On Fire, Monkeywood Theatre, The Lowry)

Angel discovers that Manchester can be as glamorous as New York and as romantic as Paris:  ‘The cobbles round here are like stepping stones into a new world.’ 

Dog by Luke Barnes (Bottleneck, High Tide Festival, Soho Theatre)

Haunted by a terrible event, Jonny seeks redemption and forgiveness within the midnight streets of Liverpool: ‘This moment is everything…where I sink or swim, where the tide takes me or I learn to fight the tide…Everything depends on this.’

Porters Brook by Matt Hartley  (Sixty Five Miles, Paines Plough, Hull Truck)  

Adam’s life is saved by the spirit of Sheffield’s people:  ‘We’re pioneers, up here, chucking sense out of the window. We’re an experiment.’


  • REVIEW: “Carr has written a tenderly observed ode to the redrawing of the Tyneside skyline … ” ★★★★ – The Guardian
  • REVIEW: “[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
  • REVIEW: “thoughful, emotionally charged pieces” ★★★★ – The Good Review
  • REVIEW: “I got goosebumps and felt overwhelmingly proud to be from the North” – WhatsOnStage
  • REVIEW: “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
  • REVIEW: “lively, spirited, full of life … exquisite, so powerful and attention grabbing.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision
  • REVIEW: “overall this utterly compelling production certainly delivers fresh thinking about true north – and it certainly isn’t grim.” – The Stage
  • “What to see: Lyn Gardner’s theatre tips” – The Guardian 17/5/13
  • Click [here] to see what some audience members had to say after the first performance at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre


A Wondrous Place – Tour Dates 2013

LIVERPOOL – Unity Theatre
Wed 15th – Sat 18th May
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk | 0844 873 2888
SHEFFIELD – Crucible Studio Theatre
Thu 23rd May – Sat 1st June
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000
NEWCASTLE – Northern Stage, Stage 2
Tue 4th – Thu 6th June
northernstage.co.uk | 0191 230 5151
MANCHESTER – The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre
Tue 11th – Sat 22nd June
royalexchange.co.uk | 0161 833 9833


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