TO PREMIERE IN BRADFORD
From Freedom Studios, the producers of the acclaimed Brief Encounters at Bradford Interchange and When We Were Brothers comes Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, award-winning screenwriter Lisa Holdsworth’s new stage adaptation of Adelle Stripe’s compelling novel which fictionalised the brief and defiant life of the celebrated playwright Andrea Dunbar.
The Beacon, Buttershaw, Bradford, 1990. Andrea Dunbar, acclaimed writer of Rita, Sue, and Bob Too, mum, sister, best friend, is struggling with her latest work. Her aching head is full of voices, stories from her past which have to be heard. The play is a fictionalised account of the life of Andrea Dunbar.
Featuring an all-female cast and adapted for the stage by screenwriter Lisa Holdsworth Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, will open at The Ambassador in Bradford from the 30 May-8 June and then tour until the 30 June.
Andrea Dunbar was raised on the Buttershaw council estate in Bradford, one of eight siblings. Her first play, The Arbor, which premiered at the Royal Court in London when she was just 18, originated as a CSE English assignment. She was, according to one tabloid newspaper at the time, ‘a genius straight from the slums’. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1982) was also a hit at the Royal Court and was subsequently filmed by the director Alan Clarke. Dunbar wrote one more play, Shirley, and died of a brain haemorrhage in 1990. She was 29.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile will tour from the 30 May – 30 June including dates in Bradford, Leeds, Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster and Harrogate
To book tickets and for more information on Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile visit www.freedomstudios.co.uk