LADIES THAT BUS
Designed by Hannah Sibai
Directed by Kirstie Davis
A tale of journeys taken and not taken, of regrets and celebrations, of isolation and what it means to be free, Ladies That Bus is based on real-life interviews with bus travellers in the North, and peppered with humour, songs and original music. The play shows a day-in-the life of the Route 555 bus travelling from Lancaster to Keswick, and the kaleidoscope of different characters that travel on it – each with their very own tales to tell.
Ladies That Bus is the creation of actor and composer Helen Longworth; director Kirstie Davis; writer and actor Joyce Branagh; theatre-maker and actor Eve Robertson and Nicola Jayne Ingram. The play has been created in association with The Dukes, Lancaster, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal and supported with funding from Arts Council England. It will tour to The Dukes, Lancaster (6-9 Feb); Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (11-12 Feb); York Theatre Royal (13 Feb); Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (14-15 Feb); Cast in Doncaster (18 Feb); Spurn Point Community Centre (19 Feb); Hull Truck (20 Feb); Harrogate Theatre (21-22 Feb); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (24 Feb); Oldham Coliseum Theatre (26 Feb); Carriageworks, Leeds (27 Feb); and Todmorden Hippodrome (29 Feb).
Ladies That Bus is the result of an idea that Dukes Theatre, Theatre by the Lake and Brewery Arts Centre had of supporting a production which focused on their area of the country. They realised that the Route 555 Bus connected all three venues, and so asked for ideas that might celebrate the bus and the communities that surround the route. And so, the Ladies That Bus project was born.