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The Glasshouse

The northern premiere and re-mount of award winning play; the untold story of WW1 'The Glasshouse'. Nominated for three Off West End awards and winner of Off West End award for 'Best Supporting Actor'. Catch it this November at 53two.


Confined in a cramped, makeshift prison on the back line of the Somme, two men stand charged with cowardice and desertion. Trapped inside the damp, cold and oppressive walls of this ‘Glasshouse’, a beautiful friendship crystallises between them.  But how long can friendship last? And how much can a man withstand before he breaks?


In the 100th anniversary year of the end of World War I, acclaimed emerging company Grindstone team up with MAP Productions to remount Max Saunders-Singer’s emotional, award-winning drama, THE GLASSHOUSE for a Northern Premiere. Based on extensive research into true stories of soldiers on the front lines, this powerful work explores a rarely seen side of trench warfare.


Horrifying and immensely provocative, this is a WWI centenary play that has an intelligence and power beyond expectations. A show that shreds heartstrings and decimates sensibilities, it’s theatre at it’s most outstanding.

- James Waygood, ‘The Glasshouse’, London, 2014


Following the intertwined stories of the misfits, idealists and tragic victims who pass through this hastily constructed trench prison cell, THE GLASSHOUSE is a moving, blood-pumping and powerful play. Through these stories, it also shines a stark new light on the effects of 'Shell Shock' and failures in the treatment of so called 'Cowards' and 'Conchies' who were unable or refused to fight.


This piece will be supported by and mark the launch of the brand new and brilliant Switch MCR (a brand new theatre collective of young artists aiming to bring original and accessible work to Manchester stages) will perform their devised ‘curtain raiser’ as a response to the script, on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th of November. The piece will also headline a rapid-response night on the 5th.


Directed by Sonnie Beckett with a strong cast featuring Max Saunders-Singer, Simon Naylor, Corin Silva and Sam Adamson.


You can catch this unmissable piece of theatre at 53two from 1st - 11th November. Recommended for 16 years+. All performance details and a direct ticket link can found in our online calendar 'The Loop'.


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