PREVIEW: Years of Sunlight, Theatre503

Theatre503 will present SEARED’s Years of Sunlight from the 25th January until the 18th February. 

photograph-by-stephen-mccoy-from-series-skelmersdale-1984

from the series ‘Skelmersdale 1984’ photogrpah by Stephen McCoy. 

Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Haunted by memories of his closest friend Emlyn, Paul returns to the ashes of his childhood home in a Liverpool overspill estate and implores his mother to leave it all behind. Envisaged by the government as “social utopias” in the 1960s, towns like Skelmersdale promised visionary housing and opportunities for thousands of Liverpudlians uprooted from their overcrowded city.

Traversing a 30-year friendship, Years of Sunlight is a haunting cry for those left feeling shipwrecked from their old communities and abandoned by the post-industrial political system.

The full casting for Seared’s production directed by Amelia Sears includes:  John Biggins (Bob), Bryan Dick (Emlyn), Miranda Foster (Hazel) and Mark Rice-Oxley (Paul).

Opening for previews on the 25th January, the creative team behind the production includes designs by Polly Sullivan, sound design by Elena Peña and lighting by Joshua Pharo.

Years of Sunlight is the first production in Lisa Spirling’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre503.

Talking about the production Lisa Spirling said: “I’m thrilled to have Seared Productions and this exquisite play opening my first ever season as Artistic Director at Theatre503. Amelia Sears has gathered around her an extraordinary cast and creative team for McLean’s powerful ‘Years of Sunlight’ and we’re very excited to see it take shape and share it with our audiences.”

This is the  first world première from Seared Productions in London following critically acclaimed sell-out revivals of Brimstone and Treacle and Home at the Arcola Theatre.

Years of Sunlight will appear at Theatre503 from the 25th January until the 18th February 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://theatre503.com/whats-on/years-of-sunlight/