The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Wednesday 7 November 2012 - Saturday 10 November 2012
Written by Alan Sillitoe
Adapted by Roy Williams
A long distance race. Real time. Follow one runner, alone with his thoughts.
Colin is defiant. A young rebel, inhabiting the no-man’s land of detention centres and young offenders’ institutes, as his steady running rhythm transports him over a harsh, frost-bitten earth.
Adapted by BAFTA winning and Olivier Award nominated playwright Roy Williams OBE (Sucker Punch, Fallout, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads), this gritty adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s classic text hits the ground running; unlocking the biting realism of the original book while placing the drama firmly in a contemporary frame.
There will be a post-show discussion with Pilot Theatre on Wednesday.
"It's a great theatrical coup (has anyone seen an actor really sweat like this on stage before?); it also maintains the integrity of Sillitoe's original story, presented as an adrenaline rush of abstract thoughts pumping through the mind of the runner throughout the course of a race."
THE GUARDIAN (read the full review)
"Playwright Roy Williams sticks faithfully to the outline of the original story but brings it brilliantly bang up to date. Rather than set in the white east Midlands industrial heartlands of Sillitoe’s youth, it is transferred to London."
THE INDEPENDENT (read the full review)
"In Roy Williams's powerful new adaptation under Marcus Romer's excellent direction, most of the original text is retained in familiar forms, yet the modern shine given to it highlights the tale's relevance for today's audiences in the current political and social environment."
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE (read the full review)
Running time: 1 hr 40 mins
A £15 B £12.50 C £10
60+ £1 off / Conc. £2 off / Schools £7.50
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