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Stephen Fry to aid of theatre company

Published: 23 March 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Liverpool based theatre company TilThisNight is preparing its first professional production this Easter, after Stephen Fry stepped on board to help support the company’s work.

Its new play, The Orange Peel, has been commissioned by Waterside Arts in Sale after its debut production was nominated for the Brighton Fringe Festival Best Newcomer Award.

The Orange Peel is a new drama following a dinner party of two siblings and their partners. As the couples uncover divisions of class, identity and power, the evening descends into chaos in a dark exploration of whether blood really is thicker than water.

“Stephen has known about our work for some time,” says the play’s writer, Karl Falconer, “but his support has really helped to get The Orange Peel commissioned. After 10 years of producing fringe theatre, and doing our bit to champion Northern and working-class voices, it’s fantastic to finally have a professional production staged in Manchester.”

It plays at Waterside Arts in Sale April 25–26.