Award winning Australian playwright makes Manchester debut at Hope Mill Theatre
In April 2017, Ransack Theatre will bring Declan Greene’s highly acclaimed work to Manchester for the first time. The playwright is one of Australia’s most prolific writing talents, but until now his work has never been performed in the North of England.
Greene’s text confronts themes of adolescent isolation and mental health with sensitivity and intensity. Ransack Theatre will be producing the play in their signature immersive style with a creative team full of award-winning emerging artists (John Fernald Award, BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, JMK Assistant Director Award, Dazed and The Wire Top 20 Albums of 2016, Off West-End Award Best Set Design Winner and Best Lighting nominee, Linbury Prize finalist), resulting in an intimate and visceral experience.
The director, Piers Black-Hawkins, said: “I’m very excited to be presenting Declan’s play. It has a fierce theatricality that makes it come alive in performance. Both a tender story about friendship and a grungy apocalyptic nightmare, it manages to be intimate and epic at the same time.”
Ransack Theatre are an emerging theatre company based in Greater Manchester. The company makes work beyond traditional theatre walls; re-energising and reimaging often derelict spaces. Over the last three years, they have created highly acclaimed shows in pub cellars, office blocks, abandoned school houses, railway arches and old Victorian residencies.
Their debut production was a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, that premiered in an abandoned vault in Salford. The production sold out for 3 weeks and won a GMF Award for Best Revival in 2014, before being selected for HOME’s Re:play Festival, and then for the National Student Drama Festival where the company were awarded a Judge’s Commendation for Set Design and Lighting.
Last year, Ransack were shortlisted by the Royal Exchange Theatre as an Associate Company and for the Hodgkiss Award 2016. They are also supported by HOME as a part of their Talent Development programme.
The production is being designed for the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre- a venue that is fast becoming renowned for supporting new talent and producing exemplary revivals. In recent months, Hope Mill Theatre beat the likes of Kenneth Branagh and Rufus Norris to the prestigious Theatre and Performance Hospital Club Award, as well as receiving a nomination from The Stage for Best Fringe Theatre.