A Funny and Heartfelt New Play Championing the Next  Generation of Playwrights

A Funny and Heartfelt New Play Championing the Next Generation of Playwrights

“Mum told me that there was something in his brain that was different, she said that he liked to put his toys in lines and that was a symptom or whatever. I used to go in his room and see all his stuffed animals in a line and I’d mess them up. I’d mess the line-up.”

Box of Tricks tours the award-winning playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill’s (Made in Britain, Old Lion Theatre) moving and touchingly funny new play Plastic Figurines.

Rose loves her brother Mikey. Mikey loves Rose, Bruce Willis films and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but he hates change. When their mum is diagnosed with leukaemia, their world is plunged into chaos. Rose returns home to find a very different brother to when she left. But today is his eighteenth birthday and Rose wants everything to be perfect but life with Mikey isn’t ever that simple.

Inspired by events in Greenhill’s life, Plastic Figurines is a funny and heartfelt new play that explores autism and the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world.

The production is directed by Box of Tricks’ Joint Artistic Director and co-founder Adam Quayle, designed by award-winning designer Katie Scott (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Studio Design Prize), lighting by Richard Owen and sound designed by Chris James. The play will be the first associate producer role within the company for Amy Fisher who has been chosen as one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s Fellows and 32 to watch in 2015.

The production features Jamie Samuel (Jumpers for Goalposts, Paines Plough, Hull Truck and Watford Palace – winner of Best Actor at Off West End Awards 2014) and Remmie Milner (Melody Loses Her Mojo, Liverpool Playhouse and Curve Leicester).

Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill was a writer-on-attachment with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and a writer-in-residence with Paines Plough, in collaboration with Channel 4. She is currently developing a play for young people as part of the 2012 Skylines project with Theatre Centre and Manchester Royal Exchange as well as a collaborative project with Unity Theatre in Liverpool. She has recently been named as one of the Theatre503’s 503Five playwrights and a winner of Coronation Street’s Original Voices scheme. Her most recent play Made in Britain premiered at The Old Lion Theatre in January.

Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill said about the play:
“Plastic Figurines is in many ways a very personal play. It is inspired by my own experiences of autism, sibling relationships and losing my mum. At the same time it is a complete work of fiction and, whilst Rose and Michael are very close to my heart, they are not me and my brother. During the research process I spoke to a lot of people about their experiences of being close to someone on the autistic spectrum, a great piece I read said “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism”. I think that’s so true and it really gave me the freedom to show my own experience through the play. “

Director Adam Quayle added:
“Ella Carmen Greenhill has proven herself a huge talent and I’m thrilled Box of Tricks is taking her new play, Plastic Figurines, out on tour in the spring. The play is a real example of our commitment to the next generation of playwrights: originally commissioned as a 15-minute short for our Word:Play tour, we have developed the story through our New Tricks programme with support from the Lowry and embark on a six-week national studio tour of the full production in April. I was drawn to the play as it deals with big themes – grief, guilt, memory, family, autism – through nuanced writing and an acutely-observed sibling relationship at the heart of the piece. Plastic Figurines is a beautifully measured, universal piece of writing – by turns funny and moving – that unflinchingly explores what it is to be human.”

The production is the second national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights.

Plastic Figurines can be seen at The Atkinson on Saturday 25 April at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 / £10 doors and are available online at theatkinson.co.uk or by calling The Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.
Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.

Box of Tricks
Plastic Figurines
Saturday 25 April
Tickets: £8 / £10 doors

*Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.

The Atkinson
Lord Street

In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street
For tickets: visit the website theatkinson.co.uk or call box office on 01704 533333
Notes to Editors
For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 | emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk
About The Atkinson
The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.
The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

Posted on 16 March 2015 under General news

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