CIVIC AT CENTRAL HALL
at the Dolphin Centre
on Sunday 4 November, 7.30pm
‘I’m not here to spook you, mister – honest. All I wanted was a place to sleep where it’s warm and safe.’
In an office late at night Reagan – a senior social worker – discovers that the past can indeed come back to haunt you, even if you’ve shredded the evidence. When the boy arrives in the small hours, it’s not clear if his business is refuge or revenge. As night turns to-day everyone has something to lose in this tense contemporary thriller.
Blue Boy is a fable rooted in contemporary social issues and Influenced by the fallout from high-profile cases that have involved the death of a child in care. The story examines society’s obsession with assigning blame when something goes tragically wrong.
A new play by Margaret Wilkinson who calls the style ‘office gothic’ because, although it takes place in a downbeat social services office, the seemingly ordinary world soon becomes distorted, even supernatural, as the real reason these two characters are trapped in each other’s worlds emerges.
Margaret’s previous work for theatre includes the acclaimed Queen Bee (North East Theatre Consortium) and The Tiger’s Bride (Northern Stage). Her work for radio includes Can You Hear Me? (Radio 4), Writing the Century (Radio 4) and Passover (Radio 4).
Produced by New Writing North in co-production with Northern Stage, Darlington Civic Theatre, Durham Book Festival and the Customs House,South Shields. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Tickets £11, discounts available