YEARS OF SUNLIGHT
by Michael McLean
Presented by Seared Productions in association with Theatre503
"I told you it’d happen. In this town. It’d come to fruition. It’s like rivers of blood with Scousers"
Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Haunted by memories of his closest friend Emlyn, Paul returns to the ashes of his childhood home in a Liverpool overspill estate and implores his mother to leave it all behind. Envisaged by the government as "social utopias" in the 1960s, towns like Skelmersdale promised visionary housing and opportunities for thousands of Liverpudlians uprooted from their overcrowded city.
Traversing a 30-year friendship, Years of Sunlight is a haunting cry for those left feeling shipwrecked from their old communities and abandoned by the post-industrial political system.
Director - Amelia Sears
Designer - Polly Sullivan
Lighting - Joshua Pharo
Sound - Elena Pena
Starring John Biggins, Bryan Dick, Miranda Foster & Mark Rice-Oxley
Years of Sunlight had its world premier at Theatre503 on the 31st January 2017
Robyn was Associate Producer on this production
PRAISE FOR YEARS OF SUNLIGHT
"evocative, grubbily poetic play"
Henry Hitchins, Evening Standard
"impressively human tale of friendship and addiction"
The Reviews Hub
"a searing depiction of a close but crumbling friendship."
London Pub Theatres
"a touching portrait of a lifelong friendship"
"Miranda Foster is outstanding as Hazel"
Michael Billington, The Guardian
"Written with subtlety, grace and originality...
the new writing year has begun."
TheatreFullStop, The London Economic, Theatre Bubble
YEARS OF SUNLIGHT IN THE PRESS