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Road by Jim Cartwright

Tuesday 22nd July

The Star Inn, 2 Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3TY

As part of the Guildford Fringe Festival, Pranksters present ROAD, by Jim Cartwright

It's 1986: One street, one night, six pubs, no work, chips, sex, love and loads of beer. Maybe, just maybe for one night, somehow they might ESCAPE !!

Uncomfortable and magical. funny and bitter. It's a northern Under Milkwood high on pills and booze Sunday Times

Perhaps the most inspiring and exciting state-of-the-nation piece of the Eighties The Independent 

About the show

Road was one on the seminal plays of the 1980s first produced at the Royal Court in 1986 where it caused a great stir, not only for its content but the fact is was performed in Promenade. It started the careers of many now famous Lancastrians such as Lesley Sharpe, Mossie Smith and Jane Horrocks.  There was also an acclaimed TV version of it directed by the late, great Alan Clarke.
It is set in a run down nameless road in a run down nameless town in the North-West of England and follows the inhabitants through a night out. It is presented as a series of vignettes, much like his later play Two. Grim, Funny and Poignant all at the same time.


Following a successful show as part of the Guildford Fringe Festival, Pranksters first Play-in-a-month was unleashed at Guilfest 2014.


Quote from an audience member

I like the fact that Pranksters have ambition and do shows that most amateur/fringe companies, and probably quite a lot of professional ones, too, would run a mile from.

....  Pretty much sums us up 🙂

ROAD was great fun for all involved and many thanks to Mark Ashdown (Director) for his dedication to getting this play ready for the Fringe whilst also being consistently killed for two weeks as Banquo, in The Scottish play during our rehearsal time!!