MyTheatreMates’ very own Shane Morgan will direct RoughHouse Theatre’s latest production, Dougie Blaxland’s The Long Walk Back, the story of England cricketing all-rounder Chris Lewis’ catastrophic fall from grace. The play will tour nationally in spring 2019.
International sporting star Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s. Playing 85 Tests and One Day Internationals for England, he was on the verge of greatness when named England’s International Cricketer of The Year in 1994.
Within months of his cricketing career ending, however, his life lay in ruins when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine into the UK.
Beginning with Lewis’ arrest at Gatwick Airport in 2008 and an attempted suicide on his first night in custody, The Long Walk Back charts the extraordinary journey that took Lewis from the brink of despair to a profound moral awakening.
In October 2018, RoughHouse Theatre will be casting two actors for the production that will tour the UK nationally in March/April 2019. Full details of the tour and creative team will be announced in November 2018, but locations already in the schedule are Chipping Norton Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman, Wardrobe Theatre Bristol, Haymarket Basingstoke and Greenwich Theatre London.
Each show will be followed by a post-show Q&A with Chris Lewis, RoughHouse Theatre director Shane Morgan and special guests announced closer to each performance. Also in the creative team so far are movement director Moira Hunt and composer Owen Morgan.
The Long Walk Back is produced in association with Bath’s Live Wire Theatre and the Professional Cricketers’ Association.