A tender and pertinent portrayal of rural life, unemployment, friendship and a cow called Sandy from one of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights
NATIONAL TOUR, 26th February to 18th March 2015
Soho Theatre 3rd to 8th March 2015
The play that gained emerging playwright Simon Longman a Channel 4 bursary returns to the stage across the country in Spring 2015, as Pentabus tour this comic and emotional depiction of rural unemployment. First staged in 2013, the show will receive its London premiere at Soho Theatre, while continuing to reach a diverse range of audiences at theatres across the UK.
Set in the heart of the countryside, Milked tells the story of two men in their twenties; Paul, who can’t find a job, and Snowy, who can’t find himself. Inspired in part by the playwright’s own experience of growing up in the countryside, the story explores the realities of life and opportunity for those at the beginning of adulthood, and the pressures facing young people living in rural communities today.
Writer Simon Longman said “Milked is a play about growing up in the countryside. About not knowing what you’re meant to do despite doing everything that you’ve been told to do. That moment where a young person’s life seems to become directionless, the moment when everything becomes very real, very quickly. It’s a play that I wanted to write in response to unemployment and the pressure young people face to do something about it.”
Director Elizabeth Freestone said, “Simon’s writing is witty and humane, honest and playful. Milked is a terrific new play about what it’s really like for the 20-something generation who are trying to carve out a future in places outside of big shiny cities. Milked is urgent, relevant and very funny. Simon won a Channel 4 Bursary with this play and has spent the year with as us our writer in residence. He’s a playwright who understands first-hand the realities of the countryside today and we’re proud to be touring his first play all over the country.”
Simon Longman is a playwright from the West Midlands. He is currently the Channel 4 Playwright at Pentabus Theatre Company. His is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers group. Previous writing for theatre includes Why I Don’t Like The Sea (Lost Theatre) and Popcorn (Arcola).
Pentabus is the UK’s rural theatre company, which has produced 150 new plays over the last 40 years. Their mission is to develop and produce quality new theatre about the contemporary rural world, which resonate both locally and nationally. Their work has reached out to more than half a million people across the nation.
Running Time: 1 hour 10 mins | Suitable for Ages: 15+
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Funded by Esmee Fairbairn, Elmley, Garfield Weston, ACE and Shropshire Council
Written by Simon Longman
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designed by Ellan Parry
Cast: Oliver Mott and Adam Redmore
26th – 28th February 2015
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7RA
Telephone: 01722 320 333
3rd – 8th March 2015
Soho Theatre, London
21 Dean Street London W1D 3NE
Telephone: 020 7478 0100
10th – 14th March 2015
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
62/3 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT
17th – 18th March
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT
Thursday 13th November 2014