Harrogate Theatre associates Black Toffee tour

In March 2016 in Harrogate Studio Theatre, Black Toffee & Harrogate Theatre premiered Laura Lindsay's new play 'Parallel', an all-female darkly comic drama, which was written in response to the worsening housing and homelessness crisis in the UK and was researched in association with Crisis and Harrogate Homeless Project.

This November, Parallel is touring to 5 Northern venues, and alongside performances will also provide participatory workshops for those with experience of homelessness, and post-show Q&As with audiences.

Unfortunately the company recently found out that they had not received Arts Council funding for the tour of the production, and so are having to look to their contingency plan to fund the production. This includes a crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise some of the required capital to cover artists' fees, transport, marketing and other costs associated with touring.

More details on how to donate, what rewards are available and how to be part of this unique project can be found on the company's Kickstarter page. If you aren’t able to donate, but would like to support the campaign please share it far and wide amongst your networks.

'We have an incredible team of creatives' Black Toffee say, 'all of whom have taken significant cuts in their fees to ensure the tour goes ahead. We are also calling in every favour we can think of to reduce the costs of the production. We are totally stunned by the support and kindness of the theatre community. Thank you to all those who have helped us so far.'

Thank you so much for your support.

Black Toffee Theatre are associate artists of Harrogate Theatre.


"Laura has authentically and unflinchingly represented the real life experiences of our clients. But despite this brutal truth, she has captured something engaging, funny and warm. Working with Laura has been an incredible experience for our members and the organisation alike." (Kellie Gamble, Crisis)

"I was hugely impressed with Parallel. It is an outstanding piece of writing. I was very taken with the fact that a powerful and sensitive piece of drama was so successful in dealing with a pressing current social issue." (John Harris, Harrogate Homeless Project)


Funny, insightful and touching in equal measure, Parallel explores our understanding of home, purpose and charity in the modern world through the lives of three strangers, who desperately need to connect.


"Acidly witty, pugnacious, caring, streetwise, empathetic and angry." (YORK PRESS)

"Impressive… enjoyable, surprising and genuinely funny." (STATE OF THE ARTS)

Touring November 2016:

  • 1-5 Nov - Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester;
  • 9 Nov - ARC, Stockton
  • 11 Nov - Derby Theatre
  • 17-19 Nov - Lincoln Drill Hall
  • 24 Nov - Square Chapel, Halifax

You can read more about the inspiration for the play in this interview with the writer here.

Photo credit: Antony Robling