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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson

8th – 13th April 2024

Director: Rachel Doyle-Richards


The Long Road was created as a collaboration between Shelagh Stephenson, The Forgiveness project and Synergy theatre, as a hard-hitting and honest exploration of the impact of crime, both on the victims and the perpetrators. The Long Road is a gritty, emotional and at times darkly humorous look at the complexity of responses to bereavement and violent crime.
When eighteen-year-old Danny is fatally stabbed in a random attack his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. His mother’s determination to understand the atrocity “no matter the cost” brings her face to face with his killer, forcing the family to confront the bitter senselessness of their loss.
This production intends to combine realistic acting style; showing the complex roles and relationships, with heightened stylisation; highlighting the emotional claustrophobia felt by the characters.


© Poster image – Hannah Stow

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