News archive for September 2015

From 17 September to 4 December 2015, Theatre Centre will be touring a new play from the writer and director of the Writers Guild of Great Britain Best New Play for Young Audiences 2011, Lisa Evans.

The tide was turning – though local governments disagreed, it would soon be illegal to segregate black Americans from white Americans on public buses, in waiting rooms or in restaurants. And yet – in the early 1960s, many states across the south of America kept discriminating against African-Americans… In modern day Britain, four actor-storytellers tell the stories of the Freedom Riders – principled citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi, drawing attention to this illegal discrimination, and facing up to terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.

The story of the Freedom Riders is one of ordinary people becoming a civil rights movement, taking on the establishment and changing the world. In a time of Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, and Mark Duggan, what does it mean for people to come together and rise up?

Anyone who has enjoyed Tom Hardy's incredible dual performance as the Kray twins in "Legend", should pick up a copy of Maureen Flanagan's (co-written with Jacky Hyams) Sunday Times bestselling memoir, ONE OF THE FAMILY. For the first time, we get a woman's account of events from inside the Kray household.  Highly illuminating.

Written by the Guardian and Observer's Jamie Jackson, A SEASON IN THE RED gives a fascinating account of the hardest job in world football - following Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.  The book was recently published by Aurum, serialized in the Guardian and has been very well received, with Jamie giving a sold-out talk at the Manchester Football Writing Festival. 

Charlotte Cavendish has been dreaming of her old home at Rutherford Park. It is April 1917; she is nineteen years old. And everywhere there is change. The war still rages on the Continent, where her brother fights fir the Royal Flying Corps. Her parents' marriage is in jeopardy, with her mother falling for a charming American in London.