Casting announced for Junkyard

Jeremy Herrin directs Jack Thorne’s sublime Junkyard, a wildly funny and vivid new musical with original score from Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, about a miscreant group of Bristolian misfit teenagers who come together to build an adventure playground. 

It’s 1979, and a motley crew of teenagers grudgingly agree to create a junk playground in Bristol under the guidance of the well-meaning Rick.  As the playground starts to come to life – it turns from something that means nothing to something that means a lot. And kids that care about nothing, start to care a lot.  But darkness has a way of coming back and biting you when you least expect it.

Inspired by the true story behind the Lockleaze playground known as ‘The Vench', established over 30 years ago and still operating today, Junkyard is a story about Bristol, from BAFTA and Evening Standard award-winning writer (and Bristolian) Jack Thorne.

The full cast has been announced, and includes Scarlett Brookes (Debbie), Calum Callaghan (Rick), Josef Davies (Ginger), Erin Doherty (Fiz), Kevin McMonagle (Malcolm), Enyi Okoronkwo (Talc), Seyi Omooba (Tilly), Lisa Palfrey (Mum), Jack Riddiford (Higgy) and Ciaran Alexander Stewart (Loppy). The musicians are Musical Director Akintayo Akinbode on bass with Nadine Lee on drums and Dario Rossetti-Bonell on guitar.

Junkyard is written by Jack Thorne who is one of the country’s leading writers with his work spanning theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which won Best Play in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards). His television work includes National TreasureThis Is England and Glue.  In 2012 he won BAFTAs for best series (The Fades) and best serial (This Is England 88). Junkyard is directed by Jeremy Herrin, Artistic Director of Headlong, whose production of Duncan Macmillan’s People Places and Things recently enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre, and includes music from Stephen Warbeck - one of the most successful British composers working across film, television and theatre today. 

Junkyard is a co-production with Headlong, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatr Clwyd. It will play at Bristol Old Vic between 24 February to 18 March before travelling to North Wales (29 March to 15 April) and Kingston (Wed 19 to Sun 30 Apr).