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Dreams of Violence

The Library Theatre brings a critically acclaimed comedy from Soho to Manchester

Published on October 7th 2009.


Dreams of Violence

Theatre fans should make a note to see this forthcoming production at The Library Theatre. Touring/writing company Out of Joint, whose play Duck was a hit when it visited Manchester in 2003, return with their new play, Dreams of Violence. Like Duck, it was written by Stella Feehilly, who is making a name for herself thanks to her witty, realistic and compassionate characters.

Described as 'a hilarious new comedy about a dysfunctional family set against the collapse of the financial world', Dreams of Violence received good reviews for its summer run at the prestigious Soho Theatre in the West End.

Described as 'a hilarious new comedy about a dysfunctional family set against the collapse of the financial world', Dreams of Violence received good reviews for its summer run at the prestigious Soho Theatre in the West End. Its visit to Manchester is part of a seven-venue British tour, and features its original cast.

The play focuses on Hildy – a modern young woman who hasn't got the hang of work-life balance. By day she’s a political activist, leading the City of London’s cleaners in revolt against the bankers. By night, she has increasingly disturbing, violent dreams about her family – her druggie son, her philandering husband, her errant father, and her mother, Shirley, an ageing former pop star who has set up camp in Hildy’s spare room in order to belittle her from close range.

Out of Joint regular Catherine Russell plays Hildy, alongside Manchester-born Paula Wilcox as Shirley. Wilcox is known for TV roles which include 1970s sitcom Man About the House (as Chrissy) and Emmerdale (as Hilary). Hildy’s father, Jack, is played by Ciaran McIntyre, who won best actor at last year’s Stage Awards for his role as a grieving father in The Tricycle’s production of Deep Cut.

Out of Joint, The Library Theatre, Tuesday 20 October to Saturday 24 October 2009. Tickets £10.50-£17.50. www.librarytheatre.com.

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