Salford Theatre Company's first production is Bluebird, a play written by Simon Stephens and first performed at the Royal Court in London. The story focuses on Jimmy the cabbie who overhears the weird, wonderful and violent stories of his passengers. It leads him to confront his past and his estranged wife to resolve his own story.
Playing Jimmy is Nigel Travis, who used to be a cab driver and tells us that there's no exaggeration in the story – real life was way stranger…
Bluebird is directed by Julia Nelson, a founder member of Studio Salford, who says that the play shows connection and isolation at the same time, while being really funny.
"I think that dark humour is quite prevalent in Salford" she explains "It is a fantastic piece of writing and all the characters are interlinked through the main characters' lives. It's about the human spirit and the intransience of love.
"I'm really excited about being involved in this first production by Salford Theatre Company" she adds "The profile of Salford Arts Theatre itself is slowly starting to build up so it's great."
The play itself concerns itself with the constant battle between pessimism and that tiny fragment of hope. Perfect for Salford then…
Bluebird is on at Salford Arts Theatre until Saturday 26th June 7:30pm
Kemsing Walk, off Liverpool Street, Salford M5 4BS
Tickets: £5 – Salford Taxi Drivers (must show taxi ID)
£7 – everyone else
Box Office: 0161 925 0111