Octagon Theatre Bolton, Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre
By Andrea Dunbar
Newly edited by John Hollingworth & Max Stafford-Clark
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark & Kate Wasserberg

“As long as you’re alive that’s all that matters”

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with startling insight and wicked humour, Rita Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film. The play’s original director Max Stafford-Clark directs this major new production.

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£28.50 - £13 (concessions available)

Age Guide 16+

Contains nudity, strong language and scenes of an adult nature

Post Show Talk

Thu 7 September 

Investigate Day

Sat 23 September

Image Credit

Scout Road, Bolton. Photographer Jonathan Keenan 

Dunbar's writing is never judgmental - she simply wrote what she knew.

The Times

Creative Team

Max Stafford-Clark & Kate Wasserberg


Tim Shortall

Set & Costume Designer

Jason Taylor

Lighting Designer

Emma Laxton

Sound Designer

Amy Ball

Casting Director

Alison de Burgh

Fight Director

Martin Derbyshire


Dan Watson

Movement Director

Titas Halder


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