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The University of York Celebrates Graduate and Olivier Award-Winning Playwright Simon Stephens with a Production of: Motortown

Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th November at 7:30pm University of York, TFTV Department, Baird Lane, Heslington East, YO10 5GB

Motortown gives the gripping account of a soldier returning from war to an England he no longer recognises; with relationships now awkward and fickle, the decrepit and depraved land he sees becomes a battlefield. Struggling to connect to his old life he embarks on a journey of violence, leaving chaos in his wake.

“The play is about the human capacity for violence and loneliness and love. I always said the play is a love story. It’s about what it is to live with the violent things that we’ve done. Its about what it is to feel regret. I think regret and love and fear and home are as relevant as they’ve ever been and will always be.” Simon Stephens

A former student of the University of York, Simon Stephens is an internationally acclaimed multiple Olivier Award-Winning writer. He has most recently adapted for the stage the phenomenally successful West End production of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. It is truly a point of pride for the city and university to have produced such an important figure of the British stage.

“Simon Stephens’s search for answers has generated some of the most significant drama of the early twenty-first century.” Jacqueline Bolton

LISTINGS INFORMATION Tuesday, November 26th at 7.30pm Thursday, November 28th at 7.30pm Saturday, November 30th at 7.30pm

Tickets available at £5 student, £8 adults. £7.50 for Student Simon Stephens Double bill £12 for Adult Simon Stephens Double bill For group bookings enquiries please contact University of York, TFTV Department located on Heslington East Campus, YO10 5GB

Strong language and violence. Recommended audience 16+

For press enquires please contact Producer Katie Harrison on 07891725189


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The play was written during the four days in July of 2005 spanning the euphoria and optimism of winning the London Olympic bid and the subsequent terror and grief of the London bombings. Motortown reflects these utterly opposed states as the forces of order and chaos within the play battle for custodies of Danny’s soul.

Stephens has visited the final year students of the University’s Theatre, Film and Television department to workshop and assist in the development of the production. Previously these students produced the sell out plays ‘Stories from the Cocoa City’ in the summer and were also heavily involved in the York based production Blood and Chocolate. Set design has been guided by a personal visit from the acclaimed theatre designer Jan Bee Brown. Combine these two professional credentials with the industry standard theatre space in the multimillion-pound department and the production is certain to be a real highlight of York’s theatrical calendar.