New musical which tells story of playground misfits arriving at Theatr Clwyd in Mold

Reporter:

Amy Sargeson

A new musical by a BAFTA award-winning writer will be arriving at Theatr Clwyd later this month.

Junkyard is a new musical written by Jack Thorne, whose recent credits include the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Channel 4 show This is England.

Music in the production is by Stephen Warbeck, an Oscar-winning composer, and it is directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Junkyard is described as a “wildly funny and vivid new musical” about a group of misfit teenagers who come together to build an adventure playground.

The musical is inspired by the writer’s dad Mike, who built a playground made of junk with some young people at Lockleaze School in Bristol in the 1970s.

It is also a co-production with Theatr Clwyd, Headlong, Bristol Old Vic and The Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s artistic director, said: “Junkyard is an extraordinary new show – a story of friendship, of hope, and of how to try and survive all the horrors that being a teenager can throw at you.

“It’s a story about being bullied, about being the kid who doesn’t fit in, who has no friends and who doesn’t know how to stand tall. It’s funny, it’s surprising, it’s fiercely relevant and it’s full of heart.

“It’s an unmissable new musical about the vital importance of community and of giving kids something to believe in.

“There’s swearing – plenty of swearing. These are kids who’ve grown up in difficult circumstances who use swear words as part of their everyday vocabulary. It’s true to the world they’re in and it’s true to the characters. If you grew up in the ’70s, you’ll recognise their language. Come to that, if you went to any playground now, you’d hear the same words being spoken.

“I think, if you can take a deep breath and see past that language, you have the chance to experience something really beautiful – a great new musical made by Theatr Clwyd that will surely take wing and soar to greater and greater heights.”

Junkyard will be performed at the Mold arts centre in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre from March 29 until April 15 with showings of 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

There will also be a Wednesday matinee on April 5 at 2.30pm and an open dress rehearsal on March 29 where admission is £5.

Tickets are priced from £10 to £25 and £5 tickets for Under 30s are available from March 29 to April 4.

Concessions, schools and group rates available.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Box Office on 01352 701521 or visit www.theatrclwyd.com.

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