For more details about Road, please see the accompanying review.
The recent production of Jim Cartwrwight’s Road at the Royal Court made for unmissible viewing – a blindingly relevant show that gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain.
After seeing John Tiffany’s production, I sat down with actors Mark Hadfield and Liz White to find out more about the process that went into creating the show:
There is an assumption that Road by Jim Cartwright would feel outdated. Its plot is so geographically and temporally specific that a play about the North East’s experience of the Thatcherite years could have gone the way of Look Back in Anger and feel irrelevant to a modern audience. Under John Tiffany’s direction, Road feels terrifyingly present, and still as necessary after over thirty years since its debut.
Originally published on A Younger Theatre
Friday night: the happiest part of every adult’s week. “Monday it’s back to grey”, exclaims Shane (James Cartwright), but on Friday the week is done and the freedom of the weekend awaits. Some look forward to spending much-needed time with their children or families; some are thinking about decorating the house or relaxing in the garden. The 20-something generation of today, however, are (for the most part) getting home, getting changed and getting back out there to party the night away. Pre-drinks, bars, shots, clubs, pills, dancing, kebabs, vomit, sex – a standard Friday night out for those taking full advantage of their weekly earnings. In Raz, written by actor, James Cartwright’s father, Jim Cartwright, Shane is just another of the lads getting ready, meeting his mates and going on the pull. In this one-man show, he takes centre stage and confidently describes to the audience a typical Friday night. Another young guy into his looks, into his mates and into his birds, Shane is a stereotypical lad. From the blue buzz of the tanning booth to the pub crawl for the pills and pints, to the thumping techno beats in the bars – Shane is living it all. But this particular night out hits him for six; this particular drinking session is interrupted by accidentally bumping into his ex-girlfriend.