Written by Andrea Dunbar in 1982, Rita Sue and Bob Too comes to The Lowry this spring in a bold production by Out of Joint’s Kate Wasserberg.
Set in the 1980s, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a semi-autobiographical drama which paints a vivid picture of two teenage girls caught between a brutal childhood and a disheartening future. Living in a run-down part of Bradford, both girls are hungry for adventure.
When best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids, he offers them both a taste of adult adventure. The three of them start a fling each of them thinks that they can control.
Andrea Dunbar’s frank and gritty play examines a northern female perspective through the misadventures of two fifteen-year-old girls. Rita, Sue and Bob Too tells the story of two funny though sharp best friends and their brave journey to navigate the hardships they face growing up in a Thatcher’s Britain. Dunbar’s work is considered so special in that she introduced a unique working-class voice to the stage. An experience of fearless realism which had rarely been seen before.
Dunbar’s play was considered a groundbreaking work for its time. Rita Sue and Bob Too will be directed by Out of Joint’s Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg and will be co-produced with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and the Royal Court Theatre.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.
Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.