Junkyard is a brilliant new musical with book and lyrics by BAFTA Award-winning writer Jack Thorne, whose recent credits include the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Channel 4 drama National Treasure and music by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, whose work includes music for the film Shakespeare in Love and the RSC stage adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Junkyard - Photo by Manuel Harlan

Junkyard – Photo by Manuel Harlan

Jeremy Herrin directs Jack Thorne’s sublime Junkyard, a wildly funny and vivid new musical with an original score from Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, about a group of misfit teenagers who come together to build an adventure playground.

It’s 1979, Rick remembers what it’s like to be a teenager. So when he decides to build a junk playground in Bristol, he’s pretty sure he has the charisma to get a bunch of reluctant kids involved. He’s wrong.

Junkyard is inspired by writer Jack Thorne’s dad, Mike, who built an adventure playground made of junk with some young people at Lockleaze School in Bristol in the 1970s. The show tells the story of the kids who built these adventure playgrounds, which sprang up all over the country at that time – the places they come from and the lives they lead.

Junkyard - photo by Manuel Harlan

Junkyard – photo by Manuel Harlan

Jack Thorne is one of the country’s leading writers with his acclaimed work spanning theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which he scripted for the stage from an original new story which he co-wrote with JK Rowling and John Tiffany. Currently playing in the West End, the show is nominated in the Best New Play category (and ten others) at next month’s prestigious Olivier Awards in London. It won Best Play at the Evening Standard awards in November 2016.

Jack’s other work includes last autumn’s Channel 4 drama National Treasure, which starred Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough and This is England. He is currently working on an adaptation for the BBC of Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials.

Music is by Oscar-winner Stephen Warbeck, who won Best Original Score for Shakespeare in Love at the 1988 awards in Hollywood. His other film scores include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Billy Elliott, whilst recent TV includes the music for the Channel 4 drama Indian Summers and the BBC adaptation of The Dresser, starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

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Jeremy Herrin, Artistic Director of Headlong, directs Junkyard. He won an Evening Standard award for Best Director for the RSC’s world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies, which were sold-out shows in the West End and on Broadway. He was Olivier nominated for the National Theatre production of This House by James Graham and his 2015 production of Duncan Macmillan’s play People, Places and Things enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.

Junkyard is a co-production with Theatr Clwyd, Headlong, Bristol Old Vic and The Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director comments “Junkyard is an extraordinary new show – a story of friendship, of hope, and of how to try and survive all the horrors that being a teenager can throw at you. It’s a story about being bullied – about being the kid who doesn’t fit in, who has no friends and who doesn’t know how to stand tall. It’s funny, it’s surprising, it’s fiercely relevant and it’s full of heart. It is by a BAFTA-winning writer (Jack Thorne), an Oscar-winning composer (Stephen Warbeck) and an Olivier-winning director (Jeremy Herrin). It’s an unmissable new musical about the vital importance of community and of giving kids something to believe in.

Junkyard – photo by Manuel Harlan

There’s swearing. Plenty of swearing. These are kids who’ve grown up in difficult circumstances who use swear words as part of their everyday vocabulary. It’s true to the world they’re in and it’s true to the characters. If you grew up in the ’70s, you’ll recognise their language. Come to that, if you went to any playground now, you’d hear the same words being spoken. I think – if you can take a deep breath and see past that language – you have the chance to experience something really beautiful – a great new musical made by Theatr Clwyd that will surely take wing and soar to greater and greater heights.”

Cast: Debbie – Scarlett Brookes, Rick – Calum Callaghan, Ginger – Josef Davies, Fiz – Erin Doherty, Malcolm – Kevin McMonagle, Talc – Enyi Okoronkwo, Tilly – Seyi Omooba, Mum – Lisa Palfrey, Higgy – Jack Riddiford, Loppy – Ciaran Alexander Stewart.


Junkyard will be at Theatr Clwyd, MOLD – Anthony Hopkins Theatre on Wednesday 29 March – Saturday 15 April 2017 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees 2.30pm and aWednesday matinee 5 April 2.30pm. Tickets for the show are £25 – £10 with £5 tickets for Under 30s: 29 Mar – 4 Apr and £5 for the Open Dress Rehearsal: 29 Mar. Concessions, schools and group rates are available.

Book via the Box Office 01352 701521 or via the online booking (no booking fees) www.theatrclwyd.com

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham