Harrogate playwright and actress Rachael Halliwell has already had some great success with her short plays Deirdre and Me, Room 253 and Project Juno.
Now she’s producing her first full length play with Harrogate Theatre. Connection is describes as Yorkshire’s Thelma and Louise, telling the story of an adventure where two women, Elaine and Catherine, meet as strangers in the A&E waiting room of Harrogate District Hospital and embark on a life changing 24 hours as they try to escape their personal demons.
From first glance, it seems a little far fetched – but then, when isn’t a piece of theatre really?
Playwright Rachael Halliwell, who also plays Catherine, says: “I’m delighted to premiere Connection at Harrogate Theatre in my home-town where I’m a very proud Associate Artist. Connection tackles legacy, the role of carers- professional and familial, mental health and how we all need to ask for a bit of help at times. My focus was to write a funny, sharp drama that puts women front and centre of its story.”
The cast features Cathy Breeze (Emmerdale, Still Open All Hours and Les Miserables) as Elaine, Andrew Turner (Macduff in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and as Christian Gatley in Coronation Street) as Steve and Emma Leah Golding (Coronation Street and Emmerdale) as Yasmin. The new play will also feature original music from Rufus Beckett and Ellie Hunzinger who make up the acclaimed Harrogate acoustic duo The Paper Waits.
If nothing else, the show seems to be a really great opportunity for local performers and creatives to have a fantastic platform. From the writer herself through to each actor/actress and musician, it seems everyone is very passionate about the project. It’s great to see Harrogate Theatre supporting this new writing venture too.
Catch the show at the Harrogate Studio from 1st – 5th October.