Co-founded by Bath Spa University Alumnus Dominic Thompson, Birmingham based Gritty Theatre’s focus is to discover and nurture new audiences by performing a repertoire that consists of modern works that not only entertain, but reflect the concerns and issues of local communities.
Gritty tour, not only to share their work with others, but also to fly the flag for Brum! ‘Bones’ will move to the Brighton Fringe in June, and a new production of Luke Barnes’ ‘Bottleneck’ and last year’s Bath Fringe hit showing of Tom Wells’ ‘About a Goth’ will be performed at the Birmingham Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August 2017.
‘Bones’ is a poignant, emotionally charged monologue about a young man trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t want him. Mark’s tale will chew you up, spit you out, and then make you wonder why you cared in the first place.
19-year-old Mark cares for his drug-addict mum and her baby. He knows he has to make a choice that could change things forever, as he is living a life he never signed up for. But how far will he go?
Gritty Theatre took their production of this harrowing play to Edinburgh in 2015 and 2016, where it was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence.
Contains scenes of a graphic nature, nudity and strong language
“Dominic Thompson is clearly a rising talent” (Broadway Baby)
“The passion and emotional energy conveyed by this actor is astounding” (Edfringereview)
Gritty’s production of ‘Chapel Street’ returns to Bath (it was a complete sell-out at The Nest in 2015). It is an acerbic yet compassionate and comic portrait of good times gone bad for a betrayed generation in ‘Broken Britain’.
Two young Liverpudlians address the audience, each telling their own version of a drunken night out. He’s been let down, belittled and ignored but tonight none of that matters – it’s Friday and Joe is getting smashed. Kirsty has bought some vodka on the way home from school and is hastily shaving her legs with her friend’s dad’s razor. As bottles are drained and the sun sets the two hit the town, neither aware that soon their lives will irreconcilably collide.
The structure of the piece is actually two separate monologues that are performed side by side, and author Luke Barnes manages very successfully to keep these ‘two balls’ up in the air simultaneously.
Jessica Melia, who graduated from Bath Spa University last year, plays Kirsty, and says of the piece ‘The writing is sharp, witty and huge fun to perform, and although both the characters in the piece are initially merely intent on a having a night out to remember, audiences can expect much more than a ‘great night out’. Whilst most of us have been young and reckless at some stage in our lives, not everyone has necessarily had to face the realities that these two characters endure.’
Contains partial nudity and strong language
“Hilariously inappropriate” (Broadway Baby)
“Skillfully directed … entire performance flows effortlessly” (edfringereview)
Performance dates and times
‘Bones’ by Jane Upton
Sunday May 28th at 6pm and Monday May 29th at 2pm
The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes
‘Chapel Street’ by Luke Barnes
Saturday May 27th at 8pm and Monday May 29th at 6pm
The performance lasts approximately 65 minutes
Burdalls Yard, 7a Anglo Terrace, Bath, BA1 5NH
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions, £5 BSU Student)
All photography by Sorrel Price