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Marching On Together

It’s Leeds during the height of the football season in 1984 and its carnage. West Yorkshire miners are on strike and football hooliganism is rife with bitter battles being fought on both the picker line and the touchline. Macca, ex leader of the notorious Service Crew is released from prison into a divided Leeds that he hardly recognises. With his infamous crew now disbanded. Macca’s young admirers have taken up his violent mantle defending the “Mighty Whites”, leaving the former hooligans General on the side-lines without an army. Abandoned by the only group who respected him. Macca is no longer just fighting for Leeds. He’s fighting for his our survival.

BackHere! presents the world premiere of Adam Hughes violent, brutal and honest play that takes us deep inside the world of football hooliganism. Inspired by true events. Marching On Together commemorates the thirty year anniversary of one of the bloodiest and tragicv seasons of football tis country has ever seen. Marching On Together is a violent demanding and necessary play that will confront a part of our past that we have often ignored or misunderstood.

Writer - Adam Hughes is a writer from Leeds, West Yorkshire. In 2011 he won the ISFO Short Script competition with his first-ever play This Weather. In 2012, his first short film Gatecrasher was screened at festivals across the globe and won a Jury Award in Berlin. In 2013, his first play True Colours received Arts Council England funding and toured the UK. In 2015 he was announced as the winner of the Kenneth Branagh Drama Award. He has had his work performed at Wakefield Theatre Royal, the Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Waterloo East, and the Lion & Unicorn theatre

Director - Joshua McTaggart is the outgoing Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre where he assisted on Floeurs o'Edinburgh, the world premiere of Papatango Prize winner Coolatully. Staged readings: Little Red Hen and Come Home Badger Gash (Vibrant Festival). Other theatre includes the papier heart (VAULT Festival 2014), Pool (no water), Sweeney Todd, and The Tempest (Harvard University).

Set & Costume Design – Max Dorey was assistant designer at the RSC in 2013/14. Max trained in Theatre Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 2013 he was a finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, held biannually by the National Theatre, during which he worked with the National Theatre of Scotland. Theatre: Coolatully (Finborough) Sleight and Hand (Summerhall/BBC iPlayer) The Adventures of Count Ory (Blackheath Halls Opera) I Can Hear You (RSC/Royal Court) This Is Not An Exit (RSC/Royal Court) Black Jesus (Finborough);The School for Scandal (Waterloo East);The Duke in the Darkness, Marguerite (Tabard Theatre. Both nominated for an Off West End award for Best Set Design); Oedipus (Blue Elephant); Disco Pigs (Tristan Bates); The Good Soul of Szechuan(Bristol Old Vic Studio); Macbeth (Redgrave Theatre); Phaedra’s Love, Bad House (NSDF); Black Comedy, Playhouse Creatures (Stage@Leeds).

Lighting Design – Elliot Griggs designed Olivier Award-nominated Fleabag (Soho Theatre); Pomona (Orange Tree Theatre), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse - as Associate), CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre) & various others.

Cast

Macca - Adam Patrick Boakes

Jono – Jim Mannering

Tommy – Joshua Garwood

Linda – Donna Preston

Nathan - Alex Southern



Produced by – Helena Doughty for BackHere!

Stage Manager – Maja Ehliar

Assistant Director – Fred Kelly

Production Manager – Scott Handly

Sound Design – George Lumkin

Casting Director – Sarah Milton

Design Assistant – Emily May Sions

Scenic Artist – Richard Baines

Construction – Will Newman

After a successful month run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington in February 2015. The show then went on a weeks tour to several Working Men’s Pubs, Clubs and schools around the Leeds Area.

BELLE ISLE WORKING MENS CLUB - Monday 2nd March 2015

HOLBECK WORKING MENS CLUB - Tuesday 3rd March 2015

ARMLEY LIBERAL CLUB - Wednesday 4th March 2015

WOODKIRK ACADEMY - Thursday 5th March 2015

MOORTOWN WORKING MENS CLUB - Thursday 5th March 2015

ALLERTON GRANGE - Friday 6th March 2015

ROUNDHAY SCHOOL - Friday 6th March 2015

SWARCLIFFE WORKING MENS CLUB – Friday 6th March 2015

Reviews

Reviews of Marching On Together
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Remote Goat ★★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
Timeout ★★★
Islington Gazette ★★★★