This landmark community project was inspired by the paintings of Beryl Cook, Plymouth’s most famous and influential contemporary artist. The play was a true ensemble production of approximately 90 minutes in length with the main thrust of story and plot drawn from research and local stories.
Since the project launch, residents’ true stories of city and night life in Plymouth have been being gathered via our research team, our website and practical drama workshops. This wealth of material about the real Plymouth has fed in to the original play, written by Nick Stimson.
The production saw the theatre transformed into a Plymouth bar where all the action happens. The characters told a series of stories which, when put together, made up the greater story – the story of Beryl Cook’s Plymouth. There was physical reference to Beryl Cook’s paintings. The play was passionate and dramatic, loud and tender and used a mixture of dialogue and monologue, movement and song. Like Beryl Cook’s paintings the aim was to make a piece of theatre about a night out in Plymouth that no one will ever forget!