Blue Boy tour opens at Northern Stage

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Don’t miss Margaret Wilkinson’s new play Blue Boy, which opened at Northern Stage last Wednesday. Influenced by recent high profile cases following the deaths of children in care, Blue Boy is a powerful, unsettling portrait of a haunted social worker. The play draws on myth and fairytale to look at society’s need to assign blame when something goes tragically wrong.

Set in a senior social worker’s office late at night, an apparently lost and frightened boy arrives and it’s not clear whether his business is refuge or revenge. As the seemingly ordinary world becomes distorted, even supernatural, the real reason these two characters are trapped in each other’s worlds begins to emerge.

“Wilkinson’s drama has clear echoes of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, tracing, in quasi-supernatural terms, the psychological fallout of a failure in duty of care towards young people… Jack MacMillan is a genuinely unsettling presence as the nameless Boy, and Alex Elliot’s foundering amid a sea of paperwork is the image of a man not waving but drowning” Alfred Hickling, The Guardian



Durham Town Hall as part of the Book Festival
Tuesday 30 October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Darlington Civic Theatre at Central Hall, Dolphin Centre
Sunday 4 November, 7.30pm

Customs House, South Shields
5 & 6 November, 8pm

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