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.

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60 Miles by Road or Rail Poster

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.”

Read the full NeneQuirer review here

Production images credit: Ben Gregory-Ring

Cast and Creatives

Subika Anwar-Khan
Subika Anwar-Khan

Subika Anwar-Khan is an actor and playwright from Northampton. Subika has developed scripts with various theatre companies including Paines Plough (Come to Where I’m From: Northampton), Royal & Derngate and The Royal Court. Her plays include STATELESS, PRINCESS SUFFRAGETTE, and her solo show DIVIDED which toured Northampton in association with Warts and All Theatre. Recent acting credits include: MEPHISTO (A RHAPSODY) at the Gate Theatre in 2019 and JULIE at National Theatre in 2018.

Headshot credit: John Clark

Jo Blake
Jo Blake

Jo is a performer working across storytelling, theatre and dance. She was born in Kingsthorpe, Northampton. Her dynamic, poetic performance style draws upon traditional and contemporary practices, exploring current cultural and personal questions through the lens of the mythic. She was Resident Storyteller at Royal & Derngate, Northampton from 2010–2013. Jo was supported by Pleasance Futures and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, to present BLODEUWEDD UNTOLD at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

Headshot credit: Khandie

Helen Crevel
Helen Crevel

Helen is an actor and writer who trained at Birmingham Conservatoire. She grew up in the Northamptonshire village of Irchester and now lives in East Hunsbury. Her theatre credits include PIPPI LONGSTOCKING (Royal & Derngate), LOOP (Theatre in Black/Carbon Theatre) SEA GIRL (in development, Carbon Theatre) and NO CHILD (Warts and All Theatre). Film and TV includes: DOCTORS, THE HAUNTING OF ALCATRAZ, PANDEMIC, LAPWING, TIME AND AGAIN, CELLS.

Headshot credit: Jennie Scott

Davin Eadie
Davin Eadie

Davin is an actor from Towcester, South Northamptonshire. Theatre credits include THE CRUCIBLE, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, MARKET BOY (Actors Company, Royal & Derngate), GRAPES OF WRATH, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE HOOK, FOR MR PYE – AN ISLAND AND SHAKESPEARE (Royal & Derngate, Northampton). Television Credits include: FIVE DAYS (BBC/HBO) and WAKING THE DEAD (BBC).

Headshot credit: Shelia Burnett

Dan McGarry
Dan McGarry

Dan has been performing on the professional stage for over 20 years, starting out in his native Hull before moving to Northampton 7 years ago. Dan is Artistic Director of Standing 8 Theatre Company and in 2019 he took his one man show, SEEKING ISOLDE & THE LOST LAND OF LYONESSE, on a nationwide tour. In 2020 he has performed in HUMANS AT WORK at the Warwick Arts Centre and written and directed A BUMP IN THE ROAD for the University of Northampton.

Headshot credit: Jason Mitchell

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

The Writers

Joshua Val-Martin
Joshua Val-Martin


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.

Headshot credit: Adam Blakemore

Ryan Leder
Ryan Leder


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

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