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Temp/Casual at Contact Theatre

Spent Ambition on the way friendships can tear you apart

Published on May 16th 2011.


Temp/Casual at Contact Theatre

A NEW PRODUCTION, written by by Steve Timms and directed by Ben Power, will dramatically examine the way post-university friendships morph, develop or simply wither away – with a lot of laughter and tears along the way.

With razor-sharp dialogue, multimedia projections and a contemporary soundtrack Temp/Casual tells a bittersweet tale about friendship, dreams and loss

Susan, Martin, Adam and Stick are talented, young Manchester graduates. But three years after leaving university their collective ambition has waned and the friends find themselves adrift in a sea of debt and soul-destroying employment. Worse, their once close friendships begin to fracture.

Susan ends her relationship with Martin and considers a career in adult entertainment; Adam works in an off-license, dabbles in drug-dealing and dreams of stand-up comedy; DJ Stick can’t hold down a job and is tormented by his dad’s death from cancer; while sensitive Martin wins a poetry commission and becomes a media darling but remains unfulfilled.

With razor-sharp dialogue, multimedia projections and a contemporary soundtrack Temp/Casual tells a bittersweet tale about friendship, dreams and loss.

A hit at the 24/7 Theatre Festival in 2009, scenes from an earlier draft of Temp/Casual were first performed at Contact’s Flip the Script in summer 2000.

Spent Ambition is a new locally based company who aim to tell stories that challenge, provoke, question and entertain.Mixing film, music and theatre their work disrupts conventions and makes connections. Temp/Casual is their first production.

 

Wed 18 to Sat 21 May, 7.30pm, Mat Thu 19 May, 1.30pm, £8/5 at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA, 0161 274 0600, www.contactmcr.com

 

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