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EAST OF HEYSHAM AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE
 

Star date: 21st June 2015

THE CULT OF JAMES DEAN...

East of Heysham
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June
Salford Arts Theatre 7:30pm

The fiftieth anniversary of the death of James Dean brings intrigue for members of the James Dean Memorial Society at their gathering in Morecambe in this mystery drama, scripted by Philip Martin of Gangsters and Dr Who fame, and co-starring Salford actress Roisin McCusker.

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Salfordian actress Roisin McCusker plays Sarah, a new recruit to the dwindling James Dean Memorial Society gathering on the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic actor's death. Sarah turns up out of the blue but what is she hiding?

East of Heysham, set in Morecambe, revolves around one fateful night of the meeting of the Dean faithful which proves to be the catalyst for more than one rebel without a cause. The play is the latest drama written by Philip Martin, who scripted classic episodes of Dr Who and 70s series Gangsters...

"James Dean arguably invents the modern teenager with Rebel Without a Cause and it is the subsequent cult of youth and that yearning to stay forever young that Philip brilliantly explores in this amazing unproduced script" explains the play's producer Gareth Kavanagh.

East of Heysham stars David Slack as Vince, Pete Gibson as Walter and Salfordian Roisin McCusker as Sarah...

"There are so many links between East of Heysham and Salford" she says "Although it is set in Lancashire, people from Salford will recognise much of the humour, the settings and the characters from the play. The plot revolves around screen icon James Dean and of course our own Albert Finney was a similar kind of star just a few years later

"Performing it in Salford is really special for me" she adds "I grew up and learned my craft here and I am really looking forward to sharing this superb play with friends, family and the people of Salford. I was lucky enough to study at the same college as Christopher Eccleston, I live three doors down from where Robert Powell lived and Maxine Peake now lives in Salford and I think she is a terrific actress. They set such a great example of gritty, Northern acting which I aspire to emulate."


East of Heysham
Lass Productions
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June
Salford Arts Theatre

Tickets £5/£8/£10

Further details see Salford Arts Theatre website – click here

Main photo Roisin McCusker

Photos by Elspeth Moore


Keith J. Smith wrote
at 10:11:56 AM on Friday, June 26, 2015
"The fiftieth anniversary of the death of James Dean"... I think you'll find this should say '60th anniversary' NOT '50th'. He died 30 September 1955.
 
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