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Broken Biscuits: A new coming-of-age story by Tom Wells

Tuesday 1 November – Saturday 5 November

Tuesday – Friday: 7.30 p.m. Saturday matinee: 2 p.m.

Tickets: £22.50 – £12. Concessions £3 off (excluding matinee)

Hull Truck Theatre is pleased to welcome Broken Biscuits, a new play by Tom Wells, produced by Paines Plough and Live Theatre Newcastle. The production comes to Hull Truck Theatre this November as part of a UK tour.

“The point is: we’re losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we’re losers forever. And we don’t have to be. Fresh start… two months to completely, one-hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that.”

Megan, Holly and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. One amazing transformation, through the power of song. Holed up in Megan’s garden shed, three old friends try to change their fortunes in a beautiful, heart-warming, laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story for our times. Rock on.

Broken Biscuits stars Faye Christall (Gone Viral at St James Theatre; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Edinburgh Fringe), Andrew Reed (The Fifteen Streets, Drama Baby and The Machines at Theatre Royal Newcastle), and Grace Hogg-Robinson in her stage debut (BBC One’s The Coroner, Casualty and Doctors).

Paines Plough held nationwide open auditions to encourage young actors with little or no formal drama training to try out for a part.

Playwright Tom Wells’ previous productions at Hull Truck Theatre include Folk, nominated for Best New Play at this year’s UK Theatre Awards,The Kitchen Sink, and the critically acclaimed Jumpers for Goalposts.

The cast perform live music written by Matthew Robins, a musician, artist and filmmaker. His recent work includes writing and performing Flyboy is Alone Again at Christmas and Lullaby (both for the Barbican), A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing for the Ark in Dublin, and Laila, a new musical at Watford Palace Theatre.

Broken Biscuits is in Hull Truck Theatre’s popular Drama Deal, offering patrons the chance to see more shows for less, and the “Dinner and a Show” offer, which includes a ticket to the performance and a main course at the Hull Truck Theatre Café Bar.

There will be a question and answer session with the cast and creative team following the 7.30 p.m. performance on Wednesday 2 November.

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Praise for Paines Plough:

“A major force for new writing

The Guardian

“If new writing in this country is going to have any far-reaching significance, then it needs the touring company Paines Plough” 

The Independent

“Paines Plough’s nomadic theatre company has racked up so many stars that browsing its press release is a bit like looking into deep space”


Tom Wells, Playwright, says:

“Broken Biscuits is a play about three teenagers figuring out how to be a band. They practise in a garden shed in Hull on Friday nights all through the summer after they’ve finished their GCSEs. They write their own songs, and try to be cool, and try to grow up a bit. None of it goes that well. But rehearsing it has been a real treat. The actors are properly funny, and soulful, and have just become a band somehow. Matthew’s songs are stunning, Lily’s shed feels like the sort of shed you can dream big dreams in, and as more props turn up – guitars, boxes of biscuits, Tickle-Me-Elmos – the rehearsal room gets a bit messier and scruffier and more full of life.”

James Grieve and George Perrin, Co-Artistic Directors, say:

“Broken Biscuits is a gorgeous, hilarious, heart-squeezing play that shows why Tom is one of our best-loved modern writers. Featuring original songs from Matthew Robins, and a supremely talented cast of future stars, we can’t wait to share it with audiences in Newcastle and on tour across the UK.”

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