Award-winning playwright brings new play to Saddleworth

Award-winning playwright Alan Stockdill is bringing a brand new production to Saddleworth this month.

talking stock‘Dark Sky’ will be performed upstairs at The Swan, Dobcross on April Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 by popular Halifax theatre company Talking Stock Productions.

The play tells the story of The Dark Sky animal rights group, who are planning an audacious strike against the Sutton Life Sciences laboratory.

How will they get new recruits? Do they have to get new members on board or allow themselves to grow organically? Is everyone really who they appear to be?

Emma is having a relationship with Paul but John seems to be involved with her too, or was, somewhere down the line. Who knows who? Who can you trust?

Where does Luke fit in and can Laboratory boss Matthew get on with his life without the risk of people squirting perfume in his eyes to get even? Will animals or people get hurt in the process? Are these people dangerous or just a hapless group of amateurs?

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The theatre upstairs at The Swan, Dobcross

Inspired by a real-life story, ‘Dark Sky’ is a black comedy with more than a twist or two and certainly a shout or three.

The play covers a number of themes: love, relationships, deception, passionate causes, animal rights, fidelity, duplicity, double lives; and the script flies off the page with energy, comedy, twists, turns and surprises.

Talking Stock have performed at both The Swan and the Oldham Coliseum with a number of plays over the past few years, including ‘Godfrey’s Last Stand’, ‘The Last Memory’, ‘Give a Little Love’ and ‘Le Grand Return’.  Stockdill won the ‘best new writing’ accolade at the 2015 Greater Manchester Fringe with the latter.

Performances of ‘Dark Sky’ start at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 from The Swan or online from

More information is available on Talking Stock’s website


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