Box of Tricks Theatre presents
by Michael Crowley
Directed by Adam Quayle
Designed by Will Roberts
White Bear Theatre
20th June to 9th July 2006
Press Night: Thursday 22nd June at 7.30pm
Box of Tricks Theatre presents the world première of Beyond Omarska, the debut play by Michael Crowley, directed by young director Adam Quayle.
"I'm not letting the War in here. Nothing beautiful survives war."
It's the start of Ramadan. Jusuf (Joe) is a Bosnian Muslim living in Manchester. He and Rose are looking to set up home in the suburbs. But when 'Soldier' arrives at Liberty Place - the homeless hostel where they work - Joe's past comes back to haunt him, as he desperately tries to salvage his future in England.
Through a blend of dark humour and compelling insight, Beyond Omarska explores the devastating effects of war and how the political impinges on the personal.
"A truly provocative piece of work, where the horrors of Bosnia are given a new voice touched by poetic magic"
Janet Hampson, BBC
The White Bear: "Artistic Director Mike Kingsbury has an uncanny gift for literary talent spotting"
Michael Crowley has written for stage, short film and radio. Beyond Omarska (then The Blue River) was twice winner of Flip the Script at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, and was shortlisted for the Kings Cross Award and the BBC's Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, 2004.
Adam Quayle studied theatre directing at Mountview. Since graduating last summer, he has directed Homeland (Theatre 503) and Underground Resistance (Hen & Chickens Theatre). At the Manchester Library Theatre, he was assistant director to Roger Haines on Translations (MEN Best Production 2003) and The Ghosts of Scrooge.