Following on from her acclaimed short plays Deirdre and Me, Room 253 and Project Juno, Harrogate playwright and actress Rachael Halliwell is set to premiere her debut full length play Connection at the Harrogate Studio Theatre from 1-5 October at 7.45pm.
Produced by Rachel Halliwell and Harrogate Theatre, Connection is a Yorkshire ‘Thelma and Louise’ of an adventure where two women meet as strangers in the A&E waiting room of Harrogate District Hospital and embark on a life changing 24 hours as they try to escape their personal demons.
Elaine needs to take a trip to Scarborough to say goodbye to a friend and Catherine is going to ruin someone’s life if she stays. The unlikely pairing decide to take a road trip together. It’s a liberating experience for both of them until an urgent phone call from Steve, Catherine’s estranged half-brother, demands their return to the Hospital.
Playwright Rachael Halliwell, who also plays Catherine, said about her new play:
‘I’m delighted to premiere Connection at Harrogate Theatre in my home-town where I’m a very proud Associate Artist. Connection tackles legacy, the role of carers- professional and familial, mental health and how we all need to ask for a bit of help at times. My focus was to write a funny, sharp drama that puts women front and centre of its story.”
Connection’s cast will feature an exciting line up of Northern talent including Cathy Breeze (Emmerdale, Still Open All Hours and Les Miserables) as Elaine, Andrew Turner (Macduff in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and as Christian Gatley in Coronation Street) as Steve and Emma Leah Golding (Coronation Street and Emmerdale) as Yasmin. The new play will also feature original music from Rufus Beckett and Ellie Hunzinger who make up the acclaimed Harrogate acoustic duo The Paper Waits.
Connection is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Tickets for Connection are priced at £14 (£12 concessions & mat perf £13 – Concessions £11) and are available from the Harrogate Theatre box office on 01423 502116 or online at
1-5 October at 7.45pm – Harrogate Studio Theatre
(Matinees: Thursday 3 & Saturday 5 October at 2.30pm)
Box office: 01423 502116 https://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/Connection
Address: Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF
Tickets £14, concessions £12 (Matinees: £13,concessions £11)