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by Jim Cartwright

The Producers of Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse and A Portrait of William Roscoe are proud to present, Jim Cartwrights, TWO.

A funny and touching play exploring working class characters in Northern Britain.

“A sharp, salty quickfire evocation of the surface gaiety and underlying melancholia of publife.”

Michael Billington – The Guardian

Join us behind the bar of a typical northern pub, meet the Landlord and Landlady, a bickering husband and wife and a kaleidoscope of regulars who all frequent ‘their’ local. The bickering couple feud behind the bar and try to keep everyone in high spirits. A nightly melody of madness, melancholia, and merriment. When a little boy is left behind by his father, a fragile reconciliation occurs as their own dark tragedy is revealed.

First performed in 1989 at the Ocatagon Theatre Bolton, performed by two actors playing all 14 characters, each vignette skillfully combines pathos and humor. Jim Cartwright’s poignant play takes audiences into the world of one working-class pub over the course of one night. Weaving together rich poignant stories full of human emotion, this dark-comedy gives an intimate insight into a variety of characters who bring their dramas and stories onto the premises.

“A cocktail of Northern life served in a tall glass of theatricality.”

JIM CARTWRIGHT is an international, award winning dramatist, director and screenwriter. His plays are consistently in production and have been translated into over 40 languages and have been performed in most major theatres of the world, including The West End of London, The Royal Court, The National Theatre and on Broadway.

His theatre works include amongst many others, Road, Bed, Two, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Raz, Edinburgh Festival, Trafalgar Studios, London and nationwide tour and most recently The Gap, Hope Mill Theatre 2024.

Among his extensive award winning television and film works are; Road, Johnny Shakespeare, Vroom, Wedded, and King of the Teds starring Alison Steadman, Brenda Blethyn and Sir Tom Jones.

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Past Performance

TWO by Jim Cartwright at Liverpool Arts Bar, Studio 3

starring Samantha Alton & John Maguire

Past Performance

TWO by Jim Cartwright at The Kings Arms, Salford

starring Samantha Alton & John Maguire

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