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The Runaways

The Runaways

Starring Mark Addy, Tara Fitzgerald, Lee Boardman, Molly Windsor, Rhys Connah and Macy Shackleton, The Runaways is a classic children's adventure film with a modern aesthetic.

After the death of their father three children and the family's donkeys are chased across the backbone of Northern England, confronting both the harsh landscapes and what it means to be siblings.

Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never

Starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny and Louis Healy. Director Carl Hunter.

Sometimes Always Never is a drama about words and loss. It tells the story of family with an exceptional Scrabble vocabulary who cannot put their words to use and communicate with each other, and their journey to reconnect.

JB Shorts 17 & 18

JB Shorts 17 & 18

We cast JB shorts 17 and 18 for the theatre. JB Shorts is an evening of six fifteen minute World premieres by top TV writers.

JB Shorts began as a conversation between two writers, Trevor Suthers and John Chambers, who imagined a festival of short plays written by established TV writers. It could have been one of those drunken conversations that never go anywhere but instead Trevor and John followed it up by finding a venue at Joshua Brooks, then bringing on writers Peter Kerry, James Quinn, Lindsay Williams, Dave Simpson and Diane Whitley.

With the expert help of director Roger Haines, the first JB Shorts was produced in March 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. No-one had quite expected the atmosphere in the dark cellar of Joshua Brooks to be so exciting, or the audience to be so enthusiastic.

It was meant to be a one off event but the writers realised that this was a chance to try out ideas and produce new and exciting work. So the group of original writers along with Roger Haines got together and decided to turn it into a bi annual event.

Since then JB Shorts has continued to grow year on year. We are very lucky to have some amazing directors, and actors work on the show and the quality is constantly improving. The event is still run by the original writers but now also attracts many guest writers who relish the chance to write in the short form.

JB Shorts is a profit share show and involves a lot of hard work from all involved. It continues to be a big success on the Manchester scene attracting some of the best local talent and most loyal audiences around. In November 2016, the move to 53Two ushered in a new era in the JB Shorts story.


Funny Cow

Funny Cow

Starring Maxine Peake as Funny Cow, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham and Vic Reeves. 'A woman with a funnybone for a backbone - Funny Cow' charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne through the 1970's and 1980's. It is set against the backdrop of working men's clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit in the North of England.

From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. A stand-up comedienne in an all-male world, 'Funny Cow' delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

Written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold with Richard Hawley providing the soundtrack and music.


The Guardian - Maxine Peake dominates the screen as producer and star of this painful, angry film written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, about a fictional female club comedian fighting her way to the top, or at least the middle, in 1970s Britain.

Film Seekers - Funny Cow is a wickedly funny film, with a self-aware streak, capturing the zeitgeist of the era perfectly thanks to the fantastic attention to detail and set dressing.

One Room With a View - Funny Cow is literally Maxine Peake's show, as she narrates her tough life - and the film - from a later point of success through a televised monologue. Her no-nonsense honesty is reminiscent of a Victoria Wood piece or Julie Walters role, which puts the audience in the right headspace for the chuckles and struggles that lie ahead.