by Lass Productions in Manchester

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Members of the Morecambe James Dean Memorial Society gather to commemorate their idol. A new play from PHILIP MARTIN (Gangsters, Doctor Who)

by Lass Productions in Manchester

New stretch target

This would allow us to explore some of the options for costume, design and costing that would otherwise be beyond us.

Project aim

We aim to bring to the stage a brand new play, EAST OF HEYSHAM to the stage in Manchester this June.

It's an exciting new work from one of the finest writers of his generation, seventies BBC legend PHILIP MARTIN, creator of the seminal BBC Series GANGSTERS, Doctor Who's VENGEANCE ON VAROS and MINDWARP and a host of great work for PLAY FOR TODAY as well as work at the ROYAL COURT and NATIONAL THEATRE

About the project

The fiftieth anniversary of the death of matinee idol James Dean proves to be the catalyst for more than one rebel without a cause in the latest drama from the pen of Gangsters creator and National Theatre writer Philip Martin and Manchester's Lass Productions, winners of Best Fringe Production at the 2013 Manchester Theatre Awards.

EAST OF HEYSHAM is a brand new play from one of the television masters of the Seventies debuts at 3MT (June 17-19) before moving to Salford Arts Theatre (June 24-25). Lost youth, unrequited love, lies, bravado and James Dean. It's all in there.

EAST OF HEYSHAM chronicles one fateful night in the company of Morecambe’s enthusiastic, but dwindling James Dean Memorial Society. In the lonely confines of a northern village hall, the glamour of the silver screen and realities of modern life collide for our dwindling band of apostles to the cult of James Dean. What is new recruit Sarah hiding? Does everything have its time and die, or are the best of us as eternally young and immortal as James Dean himself? This new mystery thriller is as razor sharp as Dean's temperament and features some of Manchester's finest fringe talent.

Heading up the cast as VINCE is 24:7 founder DAVID SLACK. A stalwart of our city’s theatre scene, Slack, who was recently recognised with a Special Achievement Award at the 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards and nominated as Best Actor at the 2013 MTAs, makes a rare appearance performing on stage. Slack comments that "It goes without saying that I am committed to the future of Fringe theatre in Manchester, and this includes flexing my acting muscles in this terrific role!" Making a return appearance for Lass Productions as SARAH is ROISIN MCCUSKER, fresh from her “beautifully bawdy” appearance in Lass Productions’ Othello. Roisin, a native Salfordian provides a local link for this Lancashire set play.

Appearing as WALTER is Lass Productions’ newcomer PETE GIBSON, who recently appeared with the Complete Works (Abridged) of Shakespeare.

Our cast is completed by another new face, WENDY MCCORMACK who plays BEL. Warrington based Wendy is returning to the stage after a lengthy break having refired her love of acting at Manchester’s Actors Lab and is a genuine new talent for our scene.

Cast and Crew;David Slack - VinceWendy McCormack - BelPete Gibson - WalterRóisín Ellen McCusker - SarahDirector - Michael WhittakerProducer - Gareth KavanaghMarketing and publicity - Matt Charlton@21stcenturylasswww.lassproductions.co.uk


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project! we'll happily give a thanks shoutout tweet and electonic copy of poster and character teasers designed by the great Colin Brockhurst.

£3 or more

£3 Reward

You get a super swish LASS PRODUCTIONS BUTTON BADGE, featuring our Lass Princess Taiyin as well as a Twitter shoutout and electronic copies of Colin Brockhurst's superb posters with our compliments.

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Art! For a fiver we will send you a limited edition set of five postcards depicting the main East of Heysham poster PLUS all four character postcards.

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We'll send you our exclusive FOUR BUTTON BADGE SET designed by art supremos Colin Brockhurst and Ant Dry, featuring Lass Productions, the Morecambe James Dean Memorial Society, Vince Cooper's Motor City and James Dean RIP.

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Treat yourself to the POSTCARD SET and the BUTTON BADGE SETS together!

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LIMITED EDITION MARSH MINNOWS TIN, designed by Colin Brockhurst and SIGNED BY PHILIP MARTIN AND NABIL SHABAN. Yes, it's Sil's favorite Marsh Minnows, harvested from the swamps of Delta Magnus imported from Thoros Beta (possibly). We asked writer and Marsh Minnows authority Philip Martin, how this came about; "Sil has always been of the opinion that peaches are the nearest taste to 'Marsh Minnows'. I do hope you have an import licence from Thoros Beta".

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Help yourself to an exclusive LASS PRODUCTIONS or EAST OF HEYSHAM MUG, designed by Colin Brockhurst.

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JAMES DEAN RIP T-shirt, as used in the Production or LASS PRODUCTIONS T-Shirt, designs by Brockhurst.

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£15 Reward

Cast and writer signed EAST OF HEYSHAM script, your chance to own this new piece of writing from one of the great TV writers of our age.

£24 or more

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MUG and T-SHIRT SET, featuring either Lass Productions OR East of Heysham, just let us know.

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TWO TICKETS to the premiere in Manchester on June 17th, PLUS an exclusive EAST OF HEYSHAM GOODY BAG to be collected at the show!

£25 or more

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£25 Reward

A reproduction of the 1986 DOCTOR WHO MINDWARP CAMERA SCRIPT, signed by writer PHILIP MARTIN, plus guest stars NABIL SHABAN (Sil) and ALIBE PARSONS (Matrona). Other signatures may be added nearer the time, we have some requests outstanding. Note; this item will not be posted until late July to fit around commitments of Alibe and Nabil.

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You and a friend are invited to join PHILIP MARTIN and the Production Team for COFFEE AND CAKE at Manchester's Nexxus Art Cafe or the exquisite Bruciani's of Preston. Your chance to chat about Gangsters, Doctor Who or anything you fancy over a cuppa. Travel not included, but we will buy cake and tea!

£125 or more

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DELUXE PHILIP MARTIN DOCTOR WHO GOODIES PACKAGE, containing Philip's own Varos paperback, and a *mint* Varos hardback book (highly sought after), a Vengeance on Varos DVD, a Copy of the East of Heysham script plus Philip's original PRODUCTION USED COPY of the Mindwarp camera script for Part 7 which will be signed by Philip Martin, plus guest stars Alibe Parsons and Nabil Shaban. A letter of authenticity will be provided giving you a piece of television history and a real collector's piece for the future. Please note; due to commitments by Alibe and Nabil, this item will not be shipped until late July.

£15 or more

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Get to be part of the action! Have your name appear in the play, and receive a Philip Martin writer signed page of the script with your name immortalised in black and white as a momento.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

SPONSORS's PACKAGE for the Manchester and Salford shows. For this, you'll receive naming rights on the programme and final run of promotional material, a name in the final script PLUS four tickets to the premiere (or any other date in the run) and exclusive goody bags for you and your guests.

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