HighTide Festival Theatre

Bottleneck

  • By Luke Barnes | Directed by Steven Atkinson
  • Tue 19 Feb - Sat 9 Mar, 8.30pm (Sat matinees 4.30pm)
  • Tue 19 £10, Wed 20 - Sat 9 £15 (£10)

’An outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes.’ ★★★★ Telegraph

’Luke Barnes captures the voice of Britain’s youth with wit and compassion. He emerges from this year’s Fringe as a red-hot writing talent to watch. ★★★★ Independent

Bottleneck

★★★★ Metro, Telegraph, Whatsonstage, Scotsman, Independent, Evening Standard

‘Sparkily written, feistily performed.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and it wasn’t very nice so I think I’m a virgin. I’m going to say I am. Will look better on my uni applications.

Liverpool, 1989. Greg is fourteen. He has just started secondary school. He earns pocket money sweeping up hair in a barbers. Girls are aliens. Liverpool FC are everything.

Bottleneck is a vibrant coming-of-age story about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. It is about a notorious city; Liverpool. How the outside world views it, and how it views the outside world.

From the production company that brought Ella Hickson’s hugely successful play BOYS to Soho Theatre.

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE performance Sat 2 March, 4.30pm

Running time: Approx 60 minutes
Age guidance: 12+

‘James Cooney’s performance as Greg is nothing short of superb… An incredibly emotive and beautifully written play.’ Huffington Post

’Luke Barnes captures the voice of Britain’s youth with wit and compassion. He emerges from this year’s Fringe as a red-hot writing talent to watch. ★★★★ Independent

’An outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes.’ ★★★★ Telegraph

’Performed with poise and seemingly endless energy.’
★★★★ Scotsman

’Barnes is one of the best new writers at the Fringe, and James Cooney is exceptional as Greg. ★★★★★ Three Weeks

’Urgent, fresh, full of rage.’ ★★★★ Exeunt

’There’s been quite a buzz about Luke Barnes’ play, and one can understand why.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnstage