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Gutted tour October 2019 – a poignant Irish black comedy by Sharon Byrne

GuttedGutted, an Irish black comedy by Sharon Byrne, directed by Chris White, will tour to 15 UK venues between Thursday 3 and Wednesday 30 October 2019. Set in a 1980’s Dublin fish-factory, Gutted explores the lives of three strong women, played by Eleanor Byrne, Niamh Finlay and Sarah Hosford, with dark humour and tenderness. This tour of Gutted comes after a successful run at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury in 2017 and the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.

Opening in Canterbury on Thursday 3 October 2019, Gutted will visit Aylesbury, Sudbury, Basildon, Hammersmith, Bromley, Watford, Crawley, Walthamstow, Deal, Hemel Hempstead, Maidstone, Guildford, Enfield and Clapham.

Sharon Byrne (Charlie’s Wake, Finborough Theatre) draws on her Dublin upbringing to present the lives of three strong women working in a fish factory in the 1980s. Through comic monologue, the women give us a snapshot of the characters and challenges in their lives at the time. Exploring themes of family, trust, love and loss, Gutted touches on issues of domestic violence and abortion, which remain as relevant today as they were over 30 years ago.

Sharon Byrne explains: “Growing up close to a fish factory in Dublin, I was intrigued by the charismatic and resilient women who I’d see travelling to and from work there. They were tough, hard-working women, but they never stopped chatting and laughing. Life as a woman in Ireland still has its – often suppressed – challenges, and I felt compelled to raise awareness of these issues and help break the silence.

An exhilarating experience and a wonderful life-affirming play”. Mark Everett, Former Director, The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury.

Director Chris White leads Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Lab and is an RSC Associate, directing a production of Henry IV at the Houses of Parliament and leading residencies and projects in China, India and the United States. Most recently he directed Booby’s Bay by Henry Darke.

Gutted was discovered by The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury via their Roar! Writing programme. The show sold out and was the highest selling show at The Marlowe Studio in 2017. It went on to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. This production is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Producer Vivienne Foster, writer Sharon Byrne, the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury and First Degree South.

Gutted written by Sharon Byrne
Touring Thursday 3 – Wednesday 30 October 2019
Press performances: Friday 4 October at The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury
Friday 11 October at The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London

Directed by Chris White
Produced by Vivienne Foster
Music and Lighting by Marty Langthorne
Choreography by Jess Boyd
Costumes by Sorcha Corcoran
Cast includes: Eleanor Byrne, Niamh Finlay and Sarah Hosford

Tour Schedule and Listings

Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 October 2019
The Marlowe Studio, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS

Tuesday 8 October 2019
Second Space, The Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG
Book Tickets for Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wednesday 9 October 2019

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, CO10 2AN
Performance time: 7.30pm

Thursday 10 October 2019
The Mirren Studio, Towngate, Basildon, SS14 1DL

Friday 11 October 2019
Irish Cultural Centre, Black’s Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DT

Saturday 12 October 2019
The Churchill Studio, Bromley, BR1 1HA

Monday 14 October 2019
The Pumphouse Theatre, Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP

Tuesday 15 October 2019
The Hawth Studio, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Maud, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4QH
Booking: 020 8520 8636

Thursday 17 October 2019
Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, CT14 6AB

Friday 18 October 2019
Old Town Hall Theatre, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE
Booking: 01422 228091

Saturday 19 October 2019
Exchange Studio at The Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL

Monday 21 October 2019
The Electric Theatre, Guildford, GU1 4SZ

Friday 25 October 2019
The Dugdale Studio Centre, London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2019
Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0QW


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