Competition: WIN tickets to The Funfair at HOME

Polly Checkland Harding
Giant eyes of a blue-haired puppet

Enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to The Funfair – HOME’s premiere theatre production.

Disaffected youth. Unemployment. Poverty. The rise of the right wing. Sound familiar? Whatever your views on the General Election, these are some of the hallmarks of our current society. But swap the last five years for the late 1920s, and Manchester for Munich, and you arrive in much the same circumstances – circumstances that 20th century playwright Ödon von Horváth used as the setting for his play Kasimir and Karoline. Now, an adaptation of Horváth’s work is to be the premiere production at HOME’s new 500-seat theatre, bringing a live band – who will perform a soundtrack of iconic music (think Eddie Cochrane and Iggy Pop) – a high profile cast and an Olivier Award-winning playwright to the new cross-arts venue on First Street.

Writer Simon Stephens – the man behind the celebrated adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – describes his “reconsideration” of Kasimir and Karoline, re-titled The Funfair, as asking “how do people love each other when the money runs out?” The focus follows the break-up of young lovers Cash and Caroline over the course of one evening at the fairground – an inverse version of Romeo and Juliet, if you will and, as such, a logical follow on to director Walter Meierjohann’s sold out staging of the star-crossed lovers’ story at Victoria Baths last year. In fact, the two productions share more than one thing in common, with award-winning designer Ti Green behind both sets.

Stephens, Meierjohann and Green have a stellar cast at their command, with Ben Batt – who’s recently performed in BBC One’s The Village and alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent in The Go-Between – and Katie Moore (Misfits, Call the Midwife) in the lead roles. All in all, The Funfair looks set to light up HOME’s brand new stage with a story that’s as colourful as it is contemporary; so, for the chance to be among the first to see it (but avoid paying up to £22 per ticket), simply enter our competition. To win a pair of tickets to the 7.30pm performance on Thursday 21 May, all you have to do is enter your details into the form below. The competition closes at 10am on Monday 18 May. Good luck!


Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of Creative Tourist, HOME or associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. The offer is for a pair of tickets to the 7.30pm performance of The Funfair at HOME on Thursday 21 May. Closing date: 10am, Monday 18 May.

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