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Image: Gloria Onitiri as Ida 

An adaptation of Graham Green’s classic novel Brighton Rock brings a dark underworld of murder and mayhem to Northern Stage from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th May.

The tale follows two seventeen-year olds, Pinkie and Rose, who find themselves entangled in a vicious gang war in Brighton. As the brutal murders stack up, the police stand idly by. In the midst of a seething 1930’s Brighton, the courageous Ida Arnold wants nothing more than the truth, and she’s determined to see justice done.

A thriller originally published in 1938 and adapted for film, stage and radio, the title refers to the stripy teeth-rotter slung by rosy-cheeked vendors at seasides across the land, used here as a dark metaphor and a weapon used in murder most foul as redemption and damnation stalk the shifting sands hand-in-hand.

Brought to Newcastle by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal, the new adaptation is by acclaimed writer Bryony Lavery. Directed by new artistic director Esther Richardson, Pilot Theatre is committed to making grown-up work for younger audiences and to grapple with the drama, difficulty, joy and complexity of becoming an adult.

Taking in sin and morality, God and the damned, sex, humanity, tenderness, lust and more, this new production features a specially composed soundtrack by singer and electronic composer Hannah Peel, a scintillating backdrop to a terrible tale of twisted teenage lives, poisonous relationships and violent adolescence. 

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