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.

“How can Northampton become a New Town? It’s been here a thousand years.”

It’s the 1960s and Northampton is at a crossroads. The town’s population is set to double as part of the government’s New Towns Act. But as new estates welcome thousands of families from London and the old town centre undergoes radical changes, some fear Northampton’s identity is being stripped away.
Tasked with Northampton’s expansion over twenty momentous years, the newly formed Development Corporation will go to hilarious lengths to ensure targets are met – even adapting their radio jingle into a legendary pop record…
Made by local creatives and inspired by true events, 60 Miles by Road or Rail brings Northampton’s extraordinary past and present crashing together to celebrate our hometown at a time when uncertainty threatens to pull us apart.

Originally scheduled for 2020, the show will now take place Weds 22 – Sat 25 September 2021

Royal & Derngate Northampton Logo
60 Miles by Road or Rail Poster by Adam Blakemore (Strelka)

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, taken from 2018 Preview performance

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

Ryan Leder
Ryan Leder

Ryan Leder is a playwright from Northampton. He 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. With his company Theatre in Black 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: Matt Cawrey

Based on an idea by Andy Routledge
Originally devised in collaboration with the acting company, Andy Routledge, Ryan Leder and Joshua Val Martin
Script by Ryan Leder
Directed by Andy Routledge
Produced by Courtenay Johnson (Carbon Theatre)
Design by Lizzy Leech
Sound Design by Alice Boyd
Production Manager Claire Humphires
Marketing design by Adam Blakemore (Strelka)
Made in association with Royal & Derngate
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