Play’s gritty look at life on the edge for rural families

Ashleigh Cordery in Twelve Miles from Nowhere
Ashleigh Cordery in Twelve Miles from Nowhere
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Twelve Miles from Nowhere, various venues

Set on a remote northern farm, this moving and compelling new play explores the impact of an 
engaging young stranger on the lives of a vulnerable and isolated family.

The play stars Worksop actress Ashleigh Cordery and producers Karen Simpson and Liz Craven have worked at Sheffield Theatres.

The plot follows Michael and Emily, for whom time seems to have stood still since their mother left them.

James is struggling to come to terms with it and see a way forward. Meanwhile, the farm is dilapidated and going under.

Then Craig turns up with enough charisma and ambition to charm the birds from the trees. But is he really the answer to their dreams?

Described by the producers as merging the aspirations found in Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men with the northern sharpness and humour of Barry Hines’ Kes, Twelve Miles From Nowhere explores the realities of life on the edge, set against a surprisingly gritty rural backdrop.

The piece was created following research with young people growing up in rural Cheshire.

The tour includes a number of venues in rural communities, many of whom have limited access to live performance.

The show is at The Civic in Barnsley on Thursday, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology on October 21 and at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield the following afternoon and evening.

It moves on to Tapton School in Sheffield on October 23 and will be performed at High Storrs School, Sheffield on November 13.

Tour details: http://www.karen simpsonproductions.co.uk