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Fracked! OR: PLEASE DON'T
USE THE F-WORD

NEW UK Tour

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Wednesday 12 April – Saturday 22 April
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)1483 440 000

Malvern Theatres
Monday 24 April – Saturday 29 April
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)1684 892 277

Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday 1 May – Saturday 6 May
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)844 871 7650

Richmond Theatre
Monday 8 May – Saturday 13 May
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)844 871 7651

Theatre Royal, Bath
Monday 15 May – Saturday 20 May
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)1225 448 844

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Monday 22 May – Saturday 27 May
Web: HERE
Box Office +44 (0)1223 503 333

 

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All photos taken by Catherine Ashmore

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Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word

Anne Reid and James Bolam to play anti-fracking campaigners. The Guardian article written by Mark Brown.
Read here...

 

2017
FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON'T USE THE F-WORD

Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD will embark on a UK tour from April 2017. Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy takes us to an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas. You can read what the critics said HERE. The UK tour dates are listed (left) and Box Office sales are now open.

Creatives: 2017
Cast: 2017

Written by Alistair Beaton
Commissioned by the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Directed by - Richard Wilson
Designer - James Cotterill
Lighting Design - Johanna Town
Sound Designer - Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Video Designer - Tim Reid
Casting Director - Gabrielle Dawes

Anne Reid - Elizabeth
James Bolam - Jack
Michael Simkins -
Harry Hadden-Paton -  
Waleed Akhtar -
Andrea Hart - Jenny & Lady Mayor
Sophie Khan Levy -
Freddie Meredith - Sam & Young Man
Steven Roberts - Waiter - Policeman
Tristram Wymark - Professor Wakeman
& Neville

“Alistair Beaton's brilliant new comedy is in lockstep with the times. Although clearly anti-fracking, Beaton doesn't preach and has terrific fun giving equal weight to both sides”
DAILY MAIL
“Very funny”

THE GUARDIAN
“As topical and pacy as the deluge of headlines breaking by the minute”
THE i NEWSPAPER

 

2016
FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON'T USE THE F-WORD

By Alistair Beaton

 

'How would you feel about sitting in front of that nice old village pub on a sunny afternoon while convoys of 40-ton tankers roll past six feet away?'

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Deerland Energy's plans to drill for shale gas in the pretty village of Fenstock are going well. The company is looking at big profits.

They can count on the support of distinguished scientists working in University departments funded by the energy companies while at local level, Councillor Pilbeam, Chair of the Planning Committee, seems to be open to lucrative offers.

The only slight snag is a ragged band of protesters, reluctantly led by retired academic, Elizabeth Blackwood. Surely she's just another 'mad old biddy', as she's characterised by ruthless PR guru Joe Selby?

Smartly directed by Richard Wilson, the play is very funny, lighthearted, but with a deep and dark message. Highly recommended...

britishtheatreguide.com

This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power.

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…Bolam excellent at exasperation, Reid similarly so in her depiction of a fire burning ever brighter with ever-deepening indignation – all of which adds up to a fine night at the theatre, informative, thought-provoking, but above all richly entertaining.
ChichesterObserver.co.uk

 

Fracked! OR: Please Don't use the F-Word runs from 8th July to 6th August 2016 at The Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AP.

Creatives: 2016
Cast: 2016

Written by Alistair Beaton
Commissioned by the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Directed by - Richard Wilson
Designer - James Cotterill
Casting Director - Gabrielle Dawes
Lighting Design - Johanna Town
Sound Designer - Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Video Designer - Tim Reid

Anne Reid - Elizabeth
James Bolam - Jack
Oliver Chris - Joe
Vanessa Emme - Emma & Young Woman
Andrea Hart - Jenny & Lady Mayor
Freddie Meredith - Sam & Young Man
Sam Otto - Malik
Steven Roberts - Waiter - Policeman
Michael Simkins - Hal
Tristram Wymark - Professor Wakeman
& Neville

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