In Newcastle, the Stotts are an eccentric family waging their personal battles against the terrifying backdrop of war. Amidst the air raid sirens and fears of poison gas, Mam makes Spam sandwiches, Dad makes his own entertainment, Grandpa mourns his dead whippet, whilst daughters Joyce and Helen discover the joy and heartbreak of first love.
Directed by Sarah Punshon, who has experience of working on both stage and television productions, most notably Eastenders. Actress Katherine Dow-Blyton, who is no stranger to television either - well known for her role as Sally Hunter in Hollyoaks.
Joining Katherine are returning cast members Ged McKenna (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), Michael Imerson (Perfect Days, Brighton Beach Memoirs) and Simeon Truby who was last at the Coliseum appearing in Dick Barton – Special Agent. They will be joined by Jack Bennett, Anna Doolan and Laura Norton who are all making their debut appearances on the Coliseum stage.
This is the first time the New Vic Theatre and Oldham Coliseum have collaborated on a co-production. New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins and the Coliseum’s Artistic Director Kevin Shaw both chose this play after discussing what productions were at the top of their wish list.
And A Nightingale Sang is at the Oldham Coliseum from 11 March - 3 April.