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Lancastrians

"thought provoking and entertaining...all human life is here"

- Lancashire Evening Post

"In an age of anxiety, brooding over Brexit, this play also reminds us that what unites us is always stronger than what divides us. Director Liz Stevenson has skilfully woven the narrative out of rich reminiscence, sometimes dark despondency, but all with a hefty helping of native humour. A range of voices, ages and attitudes are all delivered by three consummate performers."

- British Theatre Guide

A new play from the people of Lancashire.


In Lancaster, three teenagers dream of the big city. In Burnley, a Muslim woman wants to be Miss Lancashire. In Blackpool, a bride-to-be is having cold feet…


Lancastrians is a new play made using the real words of 500 people interviewed about living in Lancashire. Three actors will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the county, playing a multitude of characters in a variety of locations, creating a snapshot of Lancashire life.

 

From the familiar to the extraordinary, Lancastrians captures the essence of everyday life from a diverse range of voices that fill this county. 


Real words.

Real stories.

Real Lancashire.

 

Meet our Cast:

Roberta Kerr

Theatre work includes: Three Mothers for Useful Productions at Waterloo East; The National Theatre Productions UK tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock for New Perspectives UK tour & Brits Off  Broadway New York; The Ladykillers & Blithe Spirit Oldham/Basingstoke/Harrogate; Before the Party at Salisbury Playhouse,  Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker under the Settee at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme; Hard Times a site specific for  the Library Theatre, Manchester; A Doll's House at The Lowry, Salford; Norman Conquests & Two at Bolton Octagon;  Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay and The Elephant Man at The Old Vic Stoke; Quartet at Oldham Coliseum;  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,  Stevie, and Talking Heads: Bed of Lentils at Duke's, Lancaster.

TV includes: Downton Abbey, Silk, Wendy Crozier in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, The Royal Today, Doctors, EastEnders, Seeing Red, Casualty, Jan Glover in Emmerdale, Medics, Families and Brookside.

 

Film: One Last Walk; Nature of the Beast; Brick is Beautiful.

Radio: Cottonopolis, Well of Loneliness and Mo Travis in The Archers. 

Natasha Patel

Natasha is an Actress and Dancer with previous training at the Identity School of Acting, Unseen Drama school and Middlesex University. Since graduating Natasha has been been working across the industry in a variety of TV, film, commercial and theatre roles.

 

Screen credits include: ‘Aladdin’ directed by Guy Ritchie (Disney, 2019), playing Diya alongside Harriet Green and Jessamine-Bliss Bell in feature film ‘A Grown Woman’ and playing Suzy in TV series ‘Uncle – This is Just a Fantasy’ alongside Nick Helm, Elliot Speller-Gillott and Amanda Abbington.

 

Theatre work includes: Rifco Arts Theatre, Royal Opera House and Balich Worldwide Shows.

 

Natasha has featured in numerous commercial campaigns, working alongside brands such as; Levis, Special K, Smart Energy and Premier Inn. Natasha also appeared in the the USA Mamma Mia 2 trailer this year.

Matthew Durkan

Theatre includes: The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre), Kiki's Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), Oxy & The Morons (New Wolsey Theatre), The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre), The History Boys (UK Tour).

Television includes: Giri/Haji (BBC/Netflix), #HoodDocumentary (BBC Three), Coronation Street (ITV), Doctors (BBC).

 

Video games include: GWENT: Thronebreaker (CD Projekt Red), Battlefield V (EA DICE).

Meet our creative team:

Director - Liz Stevenson

Designer - Louie Whitemore

Movement Director - Kieran Sheehan

Sound designer/composer - Giles Thomas

Lighting Designer - Phil Geller

our supporters:

Arts Council England, The Dukes Lancaster, Chorley Borough Council, Left Coast and Super Slow Way have all supported this project.