World premiere of Gareth Farr’s ‘BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES’ opens at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester on 27 May, 2014



By Gareth Farr

Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis

The Royal Exchange Theatre

St Ann’s Square, Manchester

Tuesday 27 May – Saturday 7 June


BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES plays in repertoire with the world premiere of THE LAST DAYS OF TROY by Simon Armitage.


Bruntwood Prize winning play BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES by Gareth Farr receives its world premiere at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from Tuesday 27 May to Saturday 7 June.

A scream of protest at the state of the world, BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES is fast, furious and filled with rage.

It tells the story of Carl. He doesn’t fit in at home. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. He signs up for the army, seeing a chance to escape the grim reality of life in his hometown Blackpool. But it doesn’t matter where he runs to, or how hard or how fast, there are just too may battles for him to win them all. He comes home, not as a war hero, but as a changed man.

The play picked up a Judges Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Writer Gareth Farr said: “I want to grab the audience by the scruff of the neck, drag them through the journey and have them leave feeling something strong about the world they’ve just witnessed.”


The central role of Carl is played by talented young actor Dan Parr. His previous theatre credits include PAGES FROM MY SONGBOOK (The Alligator Club at The Studio, Royal Exchange), WANTED! ROBIN HOOD (Manchester Library Theatre Company), and DNA (The Lowry Theatre). Television credits include CASUALTY (BBC), THE CRIMSON FIELD (BBC), and THE VILLAGE (BBC). Film credits include: Halcyon Heights (Plug it In Productions).

Other parts are played by cast members from THE LAST DAYS OF TROY (which plays in repertoire with BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES). They include Clare Calbraith, Simon Harrison, Colin Tierney and Francesca Zoutewelle.

The production is directed by guest director Nick Bagnall – who is also directing THE LAST DAYS OF TROY. His previous credits include directing three HENRY VI plays at venues across the UK, including four open-air battlefield performances. Other work includes BETRAYAL (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE (Trafalgar Studios).

The production is designed by Ashley Martin-Davis and the creative team is completed by Chris Davey (lighting), Peter Rice (sound), Alex Baranowski (composer) and Kevin McCurdy (movement and fights).

BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES will play in repertoire with the world premiere of THE LAST DAYS OF TROY by acclaimed poet and novelist Simon Armitage which runs from Thursday 8 May to Saturday 7 June.


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