I just can't wait to be in Northampton...
60 Miles by Road or Rail returns, bigger and better, following its celebrated preview in September 2018.
It’s 1968 and Northampton is on the verge of great change: it is becoming a ‘New Town’. The Northampton Development Corporation has been established. An advertising jingle is soon to be re-released as a pop record. But as thousands of families arrive from London, and many much-loved buildings are demolished, some are concerned that Northampton’s identity is starting to slip away…
60 Miles By Road Or Rail brings Northampton’s past and present crashing together to celebrate our town at a time when austerity, and uncertainty, threatens to pull it apart.
60 Miles by Road or Rail was scheduled to return to Royal & Derngate in October 2020.
Due to COVID-19 this has been rescheduled to 2021. More information to follow.
Praise for the Preview
“It is a new piece of drama that is referencing a very current political crisis in Northampton but also telling the town a new story about itself. It’s an amazingly dynamic achievement. You can’t help feeling that 60 Miles by Road or Rail is so good it deserves to evolve a bit more and be seen a lot more. Who knows what may be possible. It turns out 60 Miles by Road or Rail is an incredible journey.”
Cast and Creatives
Headshot credit: John Clark
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Headshot credit: Jennie Scott
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Based on an idea by Andy Routledge
Originally devised in collaboration with the acting company
Script by Joshua Val Martin and Ryan Leder
Directed by Andy Routledge
Produced by Courtenay Johnson (Carbon Theatre)
Marketing design by Adam Blakemore (Strelka)
Made in association with Royal & Derngate
Joshua Val Martin is a playwright. He co-wrote the previous version of 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL (Royal & Derngate, co-written with Ryan Leder).
His play IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES will be touring early-2021, and his play THIS IS NOT AMERICA was awarded Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2017 commendation prize. He has written two full-length musicals – I’M AFRAID OF AMERIKANS and A PERMANENT STATE OF EMERGENCY, the latter is being performed next year at Hope Mill Theatre, as part of their Powerhouse Plays programme.
His play A VOCATION: 49 SCENARIOS FOR GAY MEN, has been performed frequently, including at The Arcola Theatre by The Miniaturists, at the Contact Theatre by Take Back Theatre Collective and Bury Art Gallery, performed by artist Jez Dolan and commissioned by Manchester Pride. He also made a piece of narrative art for an exhibition curated by Jez Dolan – ‘Ten Instructions for Queer Artists’ (Gallery 78, Reykjavik Iceland).
Josh is currently working on a new SKY television drama. He will also be touring his self-performed one-man show GUIDED MISSILES.
Aside from writing, Josh is a drama facilitator, having trained with RTYDS at the New Vic Theatre and their Borderlines. He founded Free Manchester Walking Tours 5 years ago, regularly sharing Manchester’s story with the world. He is currently studying for a History MA at the University of Manchester.
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Ryan Leder is a playwright from Northamptonshire. Ryan writes stories about recovery – both intimate and international. His practise is socially-engaged and often inspired by the issues faced by his generation.
Most recently, Ryan was commissioned by BBC Arts & Arts Council England to write A SHORT STORY ABOUT TIME TRAVEL, an audio drama produced by Rural Media and performed by comedian Jonny Donahoe. Ryan made his mainstage debut in 2018 with 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL (Royal & Derngate, co-written with Joshua Vaal Martin).
Ryan is also the founder and lead producer at Theatre In Black. With the company, he has produced NUMBERED DAYS (National Tour 2018, Winner of the Dame Janet Suzman Playwriting Prize) and LOOP (National Tour 2019). Other credits include: BUS (Action Transport Theatre, 2015, co-written with Kevin Dyer), STILL HERE (runner-up for Nottingham Playhouse’s Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright, runner-up for Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator ‘18).
Ryan is currently a New Creative at BBC Arts & Arts Council England, an Associate Artist at Made In Corby, and a New Associate as New Perspectives Theatre Company.
Headshot credit: Adam Blakemore