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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Moving new play exploring autism and relationships between siblings at The Met

Box of Tricks Theatre Company bring Plastic Figurines, a funny and moving new play, to The Met, Bury on Wednesday 22 April 8pm.

Rose loves her brother Mikey. Mikey loves Rose, Bruce Willis films and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but he hates change. When their mum is diagnosed with leukaemia, their world is plunged into chaos. Rose returns home to find a very different brother to when she left. But today is his eighteenth birthday and Rose wants everything to be perfect but life with Mikey isn’t ever that simple.


Inspired by events in Greenhill’s life, Plastic Figurines is a funny and heartfelt new play that explores autism and the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world.


“Ella Greenhill’s Plastic Figurines explores illness, loss and grief through sibling relationships… A poignant and affecting piece”Exeunt (Word:Play Tour)


Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill was a writer-on-attachment with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and a writer-in-residence with Paines Plough, in collaboration with Channel 4. She is currently developing a play for young people as part of the 2012 Skylines project with Theatre Centre and Manchester Royal Exchange as well as a collaborative project with Unity Theatre in Liverpool. She has recently been named as one of the Theatre503’s 503Five playwrights and a winner of Coronation Street’s Original Voices scheme.


Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill speaking about the play: “Plastic Figurines is in many ways a very personal play. It is inspired by my own experiences of autism, sibling relationships and losing my mum. At the same time it is a complete work of fiction and, whilst Rose and Michael are very close to my heart, they are not me and my brother. During the research process I spoke to a lot of people about their experiences of being close to someone on the autistic spectrum, a great piece I read said “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism”. I think that’s so true and it really gave me the freedom to show my own experience through the play. “


The production is the second national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights. For more information on Box of Tricks visit www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk.


Tickets for Plastic Figurines are £10/£6 concessions and are available at the Box Office on 0161 761 2216 or online at www.themet.biz



Press contact: Alice Shinkfield            alice.shinkfield@themet.biz

0161 761 9134