Glee & Me at the Royal Exchange

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Glee & Me at the Royal Exchange
Image courtesy of Helen Murray.

Glee & Me at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre 11 September — 30 October 2021 Tickets from £10.00 — Book now

This autumn Stuart Slade’s 2019 Bruntwood Judges Prize-winning play, Glee & Me, will receive its world premiere at the Royal Exchange.

Incredibly witty though heartbreaking, Glee & Me is a one-woman show about 16-year-old Lola, a bright and brave teenager who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Although her mind is declining fast, Lola has promised herself two things before she dies: She’s going to get All The Sex and that she’ll definitively discover the Meaning of Life. Directed by Nimmo Ismail and performed by Bafta-nominated actor Liv Hill, Glee & Me explores subject matter that could be deemed complicated and traumatic, in a refreshing new way.

Glee & Me explores subject matter that could be deemed complicated and traumatic, in a refreshing new way.

Glee & Me at the Royal Exchange
Image courtesy of Helen Murray.

Liv Hill is emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting young performers. She made her television debut in the critically acclaimed BBC drama, Three Girls, which documented the story of the Rochdale abuse scandal; receiving high praise from both the media and the public, the show went on to win Best Mini-Series at the BAFTAs. Hill is probably most well known for her role in social-realist drama Jellyfish (2018), which landed her nominations for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. And more recently she played a young Glenda Jackson in the multi-award-winning Elizabeth is Missing (2019) directed by Aishling Walsh.

A surprisingly optimistic portrayal of love even in the darkest times.

Exploring the extraordinary strength of the human spirit, Glee & Me offers audiences a surprisingly optimistic portrayal of love even in the darkest times.

Glee & Me runs in rep with a revival of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winner The Mountaintop at the Royal Exchange.

Glee & Me at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre 11 September — 30 October 2021 Tickets from £10.00 Book now

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