Back in the Blackstuff next year

Published: 10 July 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Alan Bleasdale and James Graham Credit: Jason Roberts Photography

Forty years after Alan Bleasdale’s ground-breaking television series Boys From The Blackstuff, Stockroom and Liverpool’s Royal Court will present a new adaptation by James Graham, writer of hit BBC series Sherwood.

This is '80s Liverpool. Chrissie, Loggo, George, Dixie and Yosser are used to hard work and providing for their families. But there is no work and there is no money. They just need a chance.

Opening in September next year, Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Blackstuff will be directed by Stockroom artistic director Kate Wasserberg, with further creatives to be announced.

Alan Bleasdale explained, “when the idea of the stage version of the series was suggested with James Graham as the writer, I just thought: I don’t know how to do it. But James does.

“While I’m pleased the work is still well regarded, the biggest sadness is that since I wrote The Boys from the Blackstuff, we might have hoped things would get better. But they haven’t. Have they?”

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  • Boys From The Blackstuff - Alan Bleasdale, adapted by James Graham (Liverpool’s Royal Court & Stockroom Productions)