The world premiere of Tom Wells’ new coming-of-age comedy Broken Biscuits premieres at Live Theatre, Newcastle before embarking on a UK tour visiting Plymouth, Hull, Scarborough, Sheffield, Bristol and Birmingham. Faye Christall will play Megan, Grace Hogg-Robinson will play Holly and Andrew Reed will play Ben.
Paines Plough held nationwide open auditions and cast Faye and Andrew from their search and Grace will be making her professional stage debut.
Directed by Co-Artistic Director of Paines Plough James Grieve, Broken Biscuits will play at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne from 5 until 22 October with an official press night on 11 October. Broken Biscuits will then tour the UK visiting The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Hull Truck Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Crucible Studio, Sheffield, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol and The Door, Birmingham Rep.
“The point is: we’re losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we’re losers forever. And we don’t have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred percent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that.”
Megan, Holly and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. One amazing transformation, through the power of song.
Holed up in Megan’s garden shed, three friends try to change their fortunes in a beautiful, heart-warming, laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age story for our times. Rock on.
Trailer for Broken Biscuits by Tom Wells (2016) | Paines Plough
Playwright Tom Wells said: “Broken Biscuits is a play about three teenagers starting a band – I wanted to write about the summer you finish your GCSEs, being sixteen, full of big hopes and big worries, figuring things out a bit and trying new stuff. And I wanted to have a go at writing some lyrics, in the DIY spirit of a teenage band, fill the play with music and see what happened. I’m thrilled that Broken Biscuits is being brought to the stage by Live Theatre and Paines Plough and we’ve been really lucky to cast three soulful young actors with funny bones as Megan, Holly and Ben.”
A Paines Plough and Live Theatre production
Writer: Tom Wells
Songs by: Matthew Robins
Direction: James Grieve
Design: Lily Arnold
Lighting: Joshua Pharo
Sound: Dominic Kennedy
Suitable for ages 12+
5 – 22 October
Press Night: 11 October
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
25 – 29 October
Hull Truck Theatre
1 – 5 November
McCarthy Studio, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
8 – 13 November
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
15 – 19 November
The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
25 – 26 November
The Door, Birmingham Rep
29 November – 3 December