Solace of the Road

A Derby Theatre Production
Derby Theatre Productions
Friday 27 February 2015 - Saturday 14 March 2015
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"a hugely entertaining and ambitious piece of theatre that once again smashes it out the park"
QUAD Youth Review
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"a fluid and fast-moving production... a great vehicle for the former Shameless star Rebecca Ryan"
The Guardian

Adapted by Mike Kenny from the novel by Siobhan Dowd

Hurry, hurry, hurry Holly Hogan, before the road disappears under your feet.

It's Holly's birthday, and she's going on a road trip to find her mum. Headstrong and street-smart, she boldly sets out as her glamorous blonde alter-ego Solace. So begins a bittersweet, and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memories, discovering her true self, and unlocking the secrets of her past. Leaving her foster home behind, Solace's sharp talk helps her navigate a host of curious characters on this road trip which turns out to be more about finding herself than looking for answers.

Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny adapts Carnegie award-winning author Siobhan Dowd's novel. Alive with the passions and frustrations of growing up, this witty and touching play will inspire anyone who is, or ever has been, a teenager.

There are currently over 70,000 children in care in the UK and this vital new piece of work from Derby Theatre uses humour, imagination and courage to tell just one of these stories.

Recommended for age 12+

Post-show discussion, after the Thu 12 March, 7.30pm performance

Audio Described: Thu 12 March, 7.30pm, and Sat 14 March, 2.30pm
BSL Interpreted: Thu 12 March, 7.30pm

Press Reviews

Fast-moving, engaging and insightful **** The Stage

Derby Theatre is fast becoming one of the most exciting, innovative and experimental regional theatres. Derby Telegraph

I can see this play being performed for many years to come.***** View From Behind the Arras

Moving, uplifting, funny and big-hearted and everyone involved deserved the tremendous applause from the Derby Theatre audience at the end of a terrific evening’s entertainment. Artsbeat

A terrific piece of theatre that should prove a runaway success for Derby Theatre. Phil Lowe