The Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will present the first national tour of the playwright’s Invincible. 

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Writer Torben Betts. Credit: North News & Pictures.

Directed by Christopher Harper, the play follows the lives of Emily and Oliver who are finding the recession tough and so have decided to downsize – moving from London to a small town in the north of England.

One night they decide to open their doors to their neighbours Dawn and Alan. But the evening doesn’t go as expected, with the end result being consequences that are both tragic and hilarious.

The play had its world premiere at the Orange Theatre in Richmond in 2014, before transferring to St James Theatre the same year.

Torben Betts said of the latest production of his play: “I’ve always been impressed by Original Theatre Company. I’m delighted they are touring Invincible this year. It is, amongst other things, a play about the North/South divide so it will be interesting to see what audiences away from and north of London make of it.”

Invincible will be designed by Victoria Spearing, with sound by Dominic Bilkey.

Director Christopher Harper commented: “Torben’s uncanny ability to depict life and find both the dark and the hysterically funny hasn’t changed.”

The tour dates are as follows:

30 March – 2 April                     Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds   

5 – 9 April                                 Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

12 – 14 April                              Hull Truck Theatre

19 – 23 April                              New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

26 – 27 April                              South Hill Park, Bracknell

28 – 30 April                              Mercury Theatre, Colchester

2 – 4 May                                  Gala Theatre, Durham

6 – 7 May                                  Stamford Arts Centre

10 – 14 May                              Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

17 – 21 May                              Birmingham Repertory Theatre

23 – 24 May                              Theatre Royal Winchester

26 – 28 May                              Key Theatre, Peterborough

7 – 11 June                               Exeter Northcott Theatre

14 – 18 June                             Festival Theatre, Malvern

Casting for the tour has yet to be announced. For further information and to book tickets visit: http://www.originaltheatre.com/portfolio-item/invincible-2016/

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