“Stolen Moments’”’ leading man is about to star in a darkly comic drama set in a betting shop.
Pete Gibson who played philandering husband Steve Smith in Fennikusu’s critically acclaimed production in 2017, will be portraying a taxi driver who doubles-up – as an Elvis impersonator!
Staged as part of the Greater Manchester (GM) Fringe Festival, “Powerhouse Town” looks at the lives of six people set against the backdrop of a Manchester betting shop. By closing time one of them is dead.
The play examines dashed hopes, political dissatisfaction and the impact of poverty and joblessness. And producers Made It Theatre are particularly keen to build on the rave reviews when it had a rehearsed reading at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre last year.
“Stephen’s characters are so well-drawn and very recognisable, suffering as they are the effects of austerity and deindustrialisation” said Producer, Ann Brown, “and even now, when they are so smartly marketed and presented, bookmakers shops are still unique environments where fortunes are made and lost and emotions run raw.”
Directed by Amanda Hennessy, the cast is drawn from actors across the North of England, and includes Ann Brown, Trevor Dwyer-Lynch, Marcella Hazell, Mark Paterson and Pete Gibson.
Manchester based Pete followed “Stolen Moments” by starring in hit show “Bleeding with Mother” at last year’s GM Fringe and said: “This play is powerful, political and dripping with poetry. Its prose reminds me of John Cooper Clarke and its subject matter is pure Jim Cartwright. That said, it is very unique and superbly moving and entertaining.”
Previewing at 81 Renshaw Street in Liverpool on Thursday July 19, “Powerhouse Town” visits the 53Two Theatre, Albion Street Manchester M1 5LN on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (24-27 July). Tickets are priced at just £8 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/madeit