Hitting Town

Three talented actors present a passionate performance of Stephen Poliakoff's seminal play Hitting Town; the show that formed the basis for the film Close My Eyes.

It's 1974, and thrill-seeking Ralph unexpectedly turns up at his sister's flat in Leicester. The pair venture out to the bleak shopping centre and nightlife of the town, where Ralph delights in creating havoc through a series of dangerous practical jokes. Clare is drawn to Ralph like a moth to a flame, and their relationship turns incestuous.

Tim Evans plays Ralph masterfully as an edgy urban poet and Emma Parsons as his sister Clare is a neurotic, chain-smoking puppet to Ralph's mind games. Ellen Boyd Williams captures the gawky Nicola perfectly, and together they create a powerful show. Poliakoff's script is sharply written and challenging, and even though it is thirty years old, seems remarkably contemporary in this production.

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