A long distance race. Real time.
Follow one runner, alone with his thoughts.
Colin is defiant. Whilst held in a Young Offenders Institution for petty theft he is chosen as the Governor’s star runner in a long distance race against the local private school. As he runs we discover what his life was like before and what he hopes it might yet be.
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 unlocks the biting realism of Alan Sillitoe’s classic novel while placing the drama firmly in a contemporary frame.
What's on Stage
8/10 Liverpool ECHO
“Playwright Roy Williams sticks faithfully to the outline of the original story but brings it brilliantly bang up to date.” THE INDEPENDENT ****
With Jack McMullen as Colin’s friend Jase and Elliot Barnes-Worrell as Colin this world premiere production will grip you, from the starter’s gun to the finish line.
Stunning visuals are incorporated into an exciting design to follow Colin’s race and unpick his thoughts as we join his journey.
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“an adrenaline rush of abstract thoughts… Williams's version is as valid a portrait of a disaffected generation as Sillitoe's was 50 years ago” - The Guardian
“Elliot Barnes-Worrell’s extraordinary performance as banged-up Colin Smith is a glorious tour de force of pent up rage” - The Independent
“Flawlessly directed by Marcus Romer and stylishly designed by Lydia Denno, the discussions this show will provoke will run and run” – The Observer
"Williams’ adaptation proves sharp and funny but chilling" - The Stage
A Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal production
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner