Loaded in Harrogate opens at Harrogate Theatre on 3rd March
This March Loaded in Harrogate – an exciting reworking of David Bown’s 1999 award-winning dark comedy ‘Loaded’ - takes to the stage at Harrogate Theatre. Critically acclaimed by the national press, this fast-paced explosive drama explores power, desire and violence – and boasts plenty of action.
What happens when you lose your way in a town recently declared the 'happiest place to live in Britain'?
We meet local mechanics Mick, Pete and Hud, three down-to-earth fellas all fed up with their lot. Sick of being treated like dirt by loaded Porsche drivers and inspired by a wave of jewellery heists in Harrogate, they decide they want a piece of the action. But as their carefully laid plans career out of control, their nerve is tested. Meanwhile Carol - Pete's other half - fights her own demons and battles with self-destruction in a place she just doesn't belong.
Saturated with local references Loaded In Harrogate is immersed in the landscape of the town with video footage from across the region and a poignant soundtrack from local bands The Birdman Rallies and Black Ocean. Writer and Director Bown has also been working closely with Alex Cann at Stray FM and Graham Chalmers at the Harrogate Advertiser during the development of this new production.
Bown says “Ever since I moved to Harrogate I’ve always been fascinated by the perceived image of the town from outside and the experience of living here. The town has many disenfranchised people and areas. I’ve also become aware of a certain level of quite violent crime for what is perceived to be a quintessential English spa town. We recognised the potential for Loaded to be reworked as a relevant local story and I feel we have brought together a great team and cast. It’s been exciting revisiting the original text from a Harrogate perspective.”
Loaded In Harrogate is a Harrogate Theatre production in association with Reform Theatre. It premieres at Harrogate Theatre on Thursday 3rd March and runs until 12th March.
‘Late Night Loaded’ After-show Party – Saturday 5th March.
Join us at ‘Late Night Loaded’– A celebration of Harrogate in the heart of the town, with a post-show shindig and gig all rolled into one very special Saturday night.
On Saturday 5th March come and join the Loaded in Harrogate cast, crew and theatre staff for a very special after-show party.
For one night only we’re opening this stunning 116-year-old arts house and both our bars and we’ll have live music from celebrated Harrogate bands The Birdman Rallies and Black Ocean taking us in to Sunday morning in style.
This is a ticketed event with limited availability.
For information and tickets please visit the Late Night Loaded page or call the Box Office on 01423 502 116.