A stage version of a favourite novel for younger people is the autumn half-term treat from Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Stig of the Dump can be seen in the Round at the SJT from Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November.
This lively, time-travelling show about a bored boy called Barney, who meets a caveman called Stig, is from the same team as last year’s sell-out production of George’s Marvellous Medicine.
The cast includes two professional actors who are both originally from Scarborough, and two members of the SJT’s youth theatre group, Rounders.
Shannon Rewcroft plays Grandma. Shannon is from Scarborough and trained at Drama Studio London, where she was a Spotlight Prize Nominee in 2014. She has been seen in Wait Until Dark (Original Theatre Company, UK tour); Shadowlands (Birdsong Productions, UK tour); AniMalcolm (Story Pocket Theatre, UK tour); A Christmas Treasure Island (Hull Truck Theatre); The Accrington Pals (Fairfield Halls); Cosmic (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Santa's Rusty Robot (Imagine Theatre); Roses and Castles (Portsmouth New Theatre Royal); The Mother Lands, and Coda (Theatre503). Her film and TV work includes: Random Acts: Fish Tank Girls (Channel 4); Gorka (Fodor Films).
Actor, comedian and former SJT Rounder Paddy Young (Grandad) is also from Scarborough and made his professional debut at the age of 11 Alan Ayckbourn’s The Jollies at the SJT. After graduating from the Manchester School of Theatre he co-founded Swaggering Crow theatre company; their productions of A Kidnapping and Things We Want enjoyed critical success in Manchester before going on tour. Paddy has worked with Slung Low on numerous projects for stage and radio, and is an actor and facilitator for Odd Arts, bringing restorative theatre to prisons and secure units. Alongside his stage work, Paddy has been been seen on TV in Goathland (Channel 4), Timewasters (ITV) and Dive In & Do It (Sky). He is also a stand-up comedian – he took his show Hunks to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
Tom Gilbert, who plays Barney, has been member of Rounders for five years. He performed in Grimm Tales in 2017 and in the Rounders 40th anniversary production, All Delighted People, earlier this year.
Mimi Clay plays Barney’s sister, Lou. She is 16 and was born in Leeds. She moved to Scarborough in 2007. She has participated in numerous productions at school, the YMCA and the SJT. Mimi has been a member of Rounders since she was eight, playing roles including Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights.
Based on the novel by Clive King, Stig of the Dump is adapted by Mike Kenny, one of the UK’s leading writers of young people’s theatre. In 2000, he was Arts Council England’s first recipient of The Children’s Award for Playwriting for Children and Young People. His Olivier Award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children for York Theatre Royal, has had several successful revivals at Waterloo and Kings Cross stations, as well as at the National Railway Museum.
It’s directed by Cheryl Govan, with design by Julia Wray, and lighting design by Paul Stear. The sound designer and composer is Jack Radish.
Stig of the Dump can be seen in the Round at the SJT at 10.30am on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October; at 10.30am and 2pm on Thursday 1 November; and at 2pm and 7pm on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November. All tickets are £10 (children under 16 are two for one; group discounts also available), and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com