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
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June
Salford Arts Theatre
Further details see Salford Arts Theatre website Ė click here
Main photo Roisin McCusker
Photos by Elspeth Moore