Chapel Street

Sat 6th – Sun 21st Aug 2016


“acerbic yet compassionate and comic portrait of good times gone bad for a betrayed generation in ‘Broken Britain’.”

Gritty Theatre


‘Chapel Street’ is an acerbic yet compassionate and comic portrait of good times gone bad for a betrayed generation in ‘Broken Britain’.

Two young Liverpudlians address the audience, each telling their own version of a drunken night out. He’s been let down, belittled and ignored but tonight none of that matters – it’s Friday and Joe is getting smashed. Kirsty has bought some vodka on the way home from school and is hastily shaving her legs with her friend's dad’s razor. As bottles are drained and the sun sets the two hit the town, neither aware that soon their lives will irreconcilably collide.

Jessica Melia, who plays Kirsty, says: “the structure of the piece is actually two separate monologues that are performed side by side. At first we thought this might throw audiences, but Luke Barnes manages very successfully to keep these ‘two balls’ up in the air simultaneously. During rehearsals it became clear that both actors would have to learn both monologues; the actors never interact on stage. The writing is sharp and witty (and huge fun to perform), and although both the characters in the piece are initially merely intent on a having a night out to remember, audiences can expect much more than a ‘great night out’. Whilst most of us have been young and reckless at some stage in our lives, not everyone has necessarily had to face the realities that these two characters endure.”

Birmingham based Gritty Theatre’s focus is to discover and nurture new audiences by performing a repertoire that consists of modern works that reflect the concerns and issues of the communities that we live and work in. We remain convinced that drama should not only change lives, but also be a part of everyday life for everyone.

We tour to not only to share our work with others, but also to fly the flag for Brum! In 2015 our inaugural production of Jane Upton’s ‘Bones’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award. A new production of Tom Wells’ ‘About a Goth’ was performed at the Bath Fringe and Brighton Fringe in May.

Admission: £10(£8)

TheSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Venue 53) Nicholson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DW

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