This winter Action Transport Theatre will present 12 Miles From Nowhere, a new play inspired by the lives, ideas, stories and dreams of people who live in rural communities across the North West. The production makes the rolling countryside the backdrop for what they describe as a “spellbinding drama”.
The season sees Action Transport Theatre mark its 25th birthday, and 12 Miles From Nowhere is a major part of the company’s anniversary celebrations.
The show will tour the North West from mid-November and will visit venues and schools in Liverpool, Macclesfield, Warrington, Knutsford, Cockermouth, Crewe, Chester, Wirral and Tattenhall. The tour will culminate in a week of performances at Whitby Hall in Ellesmere Port, the home of Action Transport Theatre, from November 28 to December 3.
Set on an isolated farm in the North of England, 12 Miles From Nowhere tells the story of Emily and Michael, who feel as if time’s stood still since their mother left. When an outsider walks onto the farm with a security tag on his jeans and enough charm to talk the birds down from the trees, their lives are split wide open. 12 Miles from Nowhere is a modern myth – an “honest, powerful and engaging ‘rite of passage’ tale for a modern audience”.
The play is collectively written by 5 writers: Sarah Calver, Doug Crossley, Freddie Machin, Ben Worth (who all also comprise the cast) and Kevin Dyer. Before the first draft was penned, the writers spent weeks talking to young people across Cheshire about their experience of literally living “12 miles from nowhere”. These conversations inspired the final play, which uses real-life experiences to tell a tale with universal resonance.
Writer and director Kevin Dyer said: “We listened to stories about what it was like to live in places where the bus only comes on a Tuesday, but also stories that have connections with everywhere – how the problems parents have alter the lives of their children, how we all need our own space, how we all need loving, understanding, and to have a laugh.”
12 Miles From Nowhere is presented in partnership with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, with support from Arts Council England, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Essar Oil. With additional support from the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.
For more information visit www.actiontransporttheatre.org. Tickets for Whitby Hall performances are £8 (£5 concessions), and can be booked by calling 0151 357 2120 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.