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Live Drafts: Ransack Theatre

15 September, 7.30pm


Billy’s returned to sort out the family farm. And there’s a scarecrow called Bernard who wants to help. Billy has his childhood memories. Bernard has his digital recollections. Perhaps, together, they’ll remember things right.

The rural meets the digital, in this surreal play about legacy and hereditary.

Written by Bruntwood-winning playwright Tim Foley, Crops is being developed with Ransack Theatre, an award-winning company based in Manchester.


Supported by Royal Exchange Theatre, Arts Council England, Unity Theatre Trust and Sheffield Crucible 


  • Director - Piers Black
  • Performer - Ali Michael
  • Writer - Tim Foley
  • Performer - Rich Southgate
  • Stage Designer - Frankie Bradshaw
  • Movement Director - Chi-San Howard
About Ransack Theatre

Ransack Theatre are Supported Artists at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Ransack is a collaboration between director/writer Piers Black and performer/producer Ali Michael. They engage in three main overlapping practices: site-specific theatre, immersive experience and new writing. The company often combine these elements to create ambitious events in cellars, office blocks, abandoned school houses, railway arches, old Victorian residences, disused mills and studio theatres. Most recently they won a Manchester Theatre Award for their production MOTH by Declan Greene.

About Tim Foley

Tim is a writer based in Manchester. Most recently, he won a 2017 Bruntwood Prize for a new play, which is being developed by Royal Exchange Manchester/Manhattan Theater Company. His first full-length play, The Dogs of War, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in May 2015 and won him the 2016 OffWestEnd award for Most Promising New Playwright. His next play, Astronauts of Hartlepool, premiered at the 2017 VAULT Festival and won a VAULT Origins Award for Outstanding New Work. Currently Tim is on the HighTide First Commissions scheme, whilst also writing audio dramas set in the world of Doctor Who and Torchwood for Big Finish Productions.


About Chi-San Howard

Movement director Chi-San Howard’s work specialises in creating and developing clear and coherent movement languages for performance on both stage and screen. She trained in Movement Directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2014 – 16) and has worked at various places including the Hampstead Theatre, Royal Exchange, Southwark Theatre, Vault Festival, Theatre 503 and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

About Frankie Bradshaw

Frankie Bradshaw has worked with Ransack Theatre previously on their production of MOTH. She was a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2015 and a Jerwood Young Designer in 2017. In between she was winner of the Off West-End Award for Best Set Design in 2016 for Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre). The design for Crops will not be fully formed for a Live Drafts, but we would try to suggest the direction and effect of an agreed design.

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