Platform Theatre Company, N/A, Crewe, CW12AL – Visit Now
Crewe’s arts and culture offering has seen a resurgence in recent years and Platform Theatre Company is driving that positive change with a mission to create, develop and share new and innovative theatre.
At its heart, Platform Theatre is a social enterprise which aims to bring professional theatre to new audiences. Nurturing emerging talent is central to their goal of making the arts less London-centric and raising the profile of Northern creatives.
Since forming in 2018, the company has made a name for itself with a number of successful writing projects and productions. When writer Sean John-Hargreaves found out about Crewe heroine Ada Nield Chew, he knew that this was a story he wanted to tell. Set in 1894, Ada tells the exhilarating tale of a working class heroine during one of the most important moments in British social history.
Ada is a ‘finisher’ in a clothing factory in Crewe. Discontented by the rampant favouritism and the lack of a living wage paid to its female employees, she anonymously writes a series of letters to the local newspaper exposing the inner workings of the factory. What follows will not only change her life but forms part of the fabric of the early suffrage movement. Ada premiered at the Lyceum Theatre in 2019 and went on to become a sell-out production.
Like many others in the arts sector, Platform Theatre has had to rapidly embrace digital and online technologies to engage with audiences during lockdown. Their latest project, In Your Words, will celebrate the tenacity and spirit of the people of Crewe, Nantwich and the North West by using local residents’ stories and experiences from the past year. The project aims to highlight how communities and individuals have responded to the challenges of Covid and to recognise the everyday heroes who have emerged when they were needed.With theatres reopening and plans in the pipeline for a new touring production of Ada in 2021, an evening with Platform Theatre Company sounds like just the ticket.