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Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The

By Roy Williams
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A gritty adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic text, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is set in Britain's Olympic year 2012. Colin Smith is defiant. Whilst held in a Youth Offenders institution for petty theft he is chosen as the Govenor's star runner in a long distance race against the local private school. As he runs we discover what his life was like before and what he hopes it might be.

Original production

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Original Cast:
Elliot Barnes-Worrell Colin Smith
Doreene Blackstock Mum
Curtis Cole Luke / PC
Dominic Gately Stevens
Savannah Gordon-Liburd Kenisha
Jack McMullen Jase
Richard Pepple Dad / Trevor
Alix Ross Sandra / Guard
Luke James Gunthorpe / Assistant Stage Manager
Production Team:
Marcus Roemer Director
Lydia Denno Designer
Mark Beasley Lighting
Sandy Nuttgens Soundscape


Title Year Publisher NT Library
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner W.H. Allen No