The Bench is the third story coming out of Paradise Heights, a fictional estate, and according to writer Joe O'Byrne, it's based on "an amalgamation of places where I've lived and that have influenced me – Salford, Bolton and bits of Manchester - they're estates where you get your blood and thunder stories."
The Bench certainly has `blood and thunder'. Over a twelve month period the play centres around certain residents of Paradise Heights who find themselves at fate points in their lives… a thief, a fake medium, a homeless man, an artist, a widow, a dealer, a loan shark, an angel and a ghost. All of them, at some point during the year, sit on the bench – and one them will die on it.
Hard hitting and hard core real, The Bench has had rave reviews and features a cast including Stella Grundy (Nico Icon), Clyve Bonelle (Lookin' For Lucky, Shameless), Phoebe Marie Jones (Twelfth Night, Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Ian Curley (Lookin' For Lucky, Coronation Street), Ste Myott (Life On Mars, The Laramie Project) and Aaron Rochford (Rank, Broken Britain).
The Bench is well recommended…
By Joe O'Byrne
Salford Arts Theatre, Kemsing Walk, off Liverpool St, Salford M5 4BS
28th April -1st May 7:30pm
Bookings: 0161 925 0111