Days of Light is an evocative new play by Starving Artists, which comes to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Studio next month before going on a UK Tour.

The play is powerful and atmospheric drama about tropical idylls, ferocious ocean currents, and the collision of ancient islands and modern America. It finds ex-pat Miss Pekoe nursing a large bourbon and contemplating the handsome and mysterious new man her son has brought home.

As the hot magma underneath the Hawaiian ocean rages and the crystal blue tropical waters stir, it becomes apparent that Miss Pekoe’s world is also about to experience a seismic shift.

This new production is being created by Starving Artists – a US/UK company who have had several hit shows in Manchester, including A Dangerous Age, Take Me With You and Eat Me, which were performed at the Royal Exchange. Their most recent performance Road Movie (Library Theatre) won both a Manchester Evening News and a Stage award.

Over the last two decades, Starving Artists – the partnership between Southend-born writer Godfrey Hamilton and Hawaiian actor Mark Pinkosh – have taken the temperature of contemporary America in a series of acutely observed, sharply realised theatre productions.

Mark’s film and TV work includes Fifty First Dates, Man on the Moon, Alias, Magnum PI and Hawai Five-O. He recently completed work on the film version of the award-winning Take Me With You, and has just directed Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 in its Seattle premiere. The company have just finished filming a feature film The Ghosts of Los Angeles, and Godfrey is currently writing a screenplay based on Road Movie.

Days of Light is directed by Jonathan Best, designed by Hannah Sibai with lighting by Douglas Kuhrt. Actor Mark Pinkosh will perform alongside a female character, not yet cast. It runs at the Royal Exchange Studio from 1 - 4 February.