Directed by Out of Joint’s Artistic Director, Kate Wasserberg, Andrea Dunbar’s ground-breaking play "Rita, Sue and Bob Too" comes to The Lowry from Tuesday 9 till Saturday 13 April.
Gemma Dobson, winner of a Stage Debut Award and a UK Theatre Award for her performance of Sue returns to the cast. She will be joined by John Askew playing Bob, Alyce Liburd playing Rita, Susan Mitchell playing Mum, Samantha Robinson playing Michelle and David Walker playing Dad.
Andrea Dunbar’s honest, refreshing play examines the northern female perspective through the misadventures of two teenage girls. Dunbar’s work introduced a unique working-class voice to the stage, with Rita, Sue and Bob Too’s fearless realism immortalized in the cult 1987 film adaptation.
Alyce Liburd (Rita) joins the company following open auditions held in Bradford which received over 100 applications. She has performed as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
John Askew (Bob) recently performed as Jim in And Did Those Feet Fall at Bolton Octagon, and has performed on stages around the country in Gypsy Queen. He is soon to be seen in Starz The Rook, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer.
Susan Mitchell (Mum) has appeared in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and DCI Banks. She recently appeared on stage at Sheffield Crucible in My Own Space.
Samantha Robinson (Michelle) played Rita in Educating Rita at Colchester Mercury, and has performed for Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Bush, Bristol Old Vic and elsewhere. Her many TV credits include Cilla.
David Walker (Dad) has appeared in Emmerdale, The Royal and Coronation Street, and on stage most recently in Hangmen in the West End.
Dunbar’s ground-breaking play, directed in 2017 by Out of Joint’s Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg and co-produced with Royal Court Theatre and Octagon Theatre Bolton was seen by over 30,000 people across the country.
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