Following on from their critically acclaimed Sold-out productions, Dirty Laundry and Hot Lane, Stoke-on-Trent based Claybody Theatre Company will once again transport the city’s iconic Spode Works for the premiere of Deborah McAndrew’s new play about Stoke’s major dual carriageway – The D-Road.
Written and directed by award-winning team of Deborah McAndrew and Conrad Nelson, The D-Road will premiere from the 16-26 October at the Spode Works which is located right next to the A500 – the perfect location for the exciting new site-specific play.
A house stands marooned on a forgotten island of land somewhere between the railway, the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the D-Road. It’s where Liam lives with his Nana.
Liam and his girlfriend, Lois, dream of the bright lights of Manchester, but how can they leave Nana, with her very peculiar phobia?
Then a charismatic stranger turns up at the door. Who is he? What does he want? And why is he so interested in the Nana’s back garden?
The A500 – known locally as the D-Road – is a major primary road in Staffordshire and Cheshire, England. It is dual carriageway for most of its length and connects Nantwich, junctions 16 and 15 of the M6 motorway with the city of Stoke-on-Trent. In 2004 the road was stated as carrying 60,000 vehicles a day through Stoke. It was built to provide links between Stoke-on-Trent and the M6, before being extended to Nantwich. Construction has taken place over several stages, beginning in 1962, with the final section of the original route being completed similar to the original plans in 2006. As a trunk road it is maintained by the Highways Agency.
WHERE Spode Works, 32 Elenora St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QD
WHEN 16-26 October at 7.30pm (Mat perf: 19 & 26 at 2.30pm; 20 Oct at 4pm 24 Oct at 1.30pm). No performance on the 21 Oct