Confined in a cramped, makeshift prison on the back line
of the Somme, two men stand charged with cowardice and desertion. Trapped inside the damp, cold and oppressive
walls of this ‘Glasshouse’, a beautiful friendship crystallises between them. But how long can friendship last? And how
much can a man withstand before he breaks?
In the 100th anniversary year of the end of World War I,
acclaimed emerging company Grindstone team up with
MAP to remount Max Saunders-Singer’s emotional,
award-winning drama, THE GLASSHOUSE for a Northern Premiere. Based on extensive research into true stories of
soldiers on the front lines, this powerful work explores a
rarely seen side of trench warfare.
Following the intertwined stories of the misfits,
idealists and tragic victims who pass through this
hastily constructed trench prison cell, THE
GLASSHOUSE is a moving, blood-pumping and
powerful play. Through these stories, it also shines
a stark new light on the effects of 'Shell Shock' and
failures in the treatment of so called 'Cowards' and
'Conchies' who were unable or refused to fight.
1st - 11th November
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Horrifying and immensely provocative, this is a WWI centenary play that has an intelligence and power beyond expectations. A show that shreds heartstrings and decimates sensibilities, it’s theatre at it’s most outstanding.
- Grumpy Gay Critic
SWITCH MCR Present:
VOLUNTOLD - Curtain Raiser
2-4th November ; 7pm
Marking the 100th year anniversary of the end of WW1, SwitchMCR present 'Voluntold' at 53two. This series of interweaving monologues, written and performed by seven of their company members, give you a small insight into the many different ways war has impacted people over the last century. Come and watch them raise the curtain before the brilliant Northern Premiere of Grindstone's 'The Glasshouse'.
PLEASE NOTE - TRIGGER WARNINGS: 'The Glasshouse' contains strong language, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, smoking, distress & peril, sound & smoke effects.
An evening of short plays written in response to 'The Glasshouse'. Chloe McLaughlin, Scott Devon and Tiffany Bowman have written rapid-responses and SWITCH MCR will perform VOLUNTOLD - a piece workshopped and developed over 2 weeks in response to the main show by Max Saunders-Singer.