The Offing

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The Offing 2021

A LIVE THEATRE co-production with STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE

Adapted from the BENJAMIN MYERS novel by JANICE OKOH

With additional material by PAUL ROBINSON

Directed by PAUL ROBINSON

“That distant stretch of sea where sky and water merge. It’s called the offing.”

In a Britain slowly emerging from the horrors of the Second World War, 16-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on an adventure - he leaves his Durham home to head South, where he hopes to find work. 

But he never gets there. On the clifftops at Robin Hood’s Bay, a chance encounter with the bohemian and eccentric Dulcie Piper will change his path forever.

Dulcie’s world is a far cry from the one Robert left behind. She opens the door to the joys of art and literature, of good food and wine. But is this coastal bohemian escape as idyllic as it seems, and can Robert help her lay to rest the ghost that haunts her past?

Paul Robinson directs this unforgettable story which captured the hearts and minds of many readers on its publication in 2019, when it was featured on the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. This new adaptation by award winning playwright Janice Okoh brings all the vibrant colour and warmth of Benjamin Myers’ novel to life.

DURATION: Approx 2hrs with interval

SUITABILITY: Ages 14+

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