Secret Diaries

Heart

National Tour 2015

Winner of 2013 Theatre Production of the Year at The Co-operative Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards, Secret Diaries is a performance and education project.

Performance

Best days of your life. Right?

Declaring war on the girl stealing your best friend, striking a pose to Vogue, realising you’re gay and falling in love, facing rejection. But one day you’ll be happy in your own skin, laughing about pouring your heart onto a tear-stained page. Maybe…

As the Iron Lady stands and Iron Curtain falls, Hayley, her Dad and best friend Debbie struggle to find their way in an ever-changing world. To build a future, they must unpack their past. Papering over the cracks, uncovering secrets and lies, they find that the hardest box to open, is your own.

Secret Diaries charts the big stuff in life from teenage years to present day. Set to a soundtrack of 80s and 90s guilty pleasures, laugh, love and re-capture your youth with this honest look at the world through teenage eyes.

Education

Secret Diaries has two versions of the production, a 90 minute full length performance and a 60 minute compressed version for youth audiences aged 14+ with a strong Key Stage 4 and 5 educational package including a Teachers Training Day, Education Pack with pre- and post- performance lesson plans and post-performance workshop with the company.

Participation

For our general public performances we provide a Q&A with the company and have a British Sign Language interpreter as part of our core company who tours with us. 

Touring Team

Writer: Sarah Emmott (née Evans)

Director: Rachel Moorhouse

Dramaturg: Chris Cooper

Hayley: Sarah Emmott

Debbie: Catherine Pugh

Dad: Michael Forrest

BSL Interpreter: Rachel Moffatt-Feldman

Production Manager: Richard Walker

Production Design: Lynsey Akehurst/Richard Walker

Main Image: Nathan McDowell

Production Images: Sam Ryley

Education Pack Design: Tamzin Forster

Our national tour was developed with New Wolsey Theatre and supported by Contact and The Lowry. Funded by Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation, and Equity Foundation and our Kickstarter backers. Supported by The Proud Trust, Educate and Celebrate, Genie Networks and Big Brum Theatre in Education CompanyDevelopment funded by Arts Council England, Manchester Pride, Taurus, The Co-operative, RBS andThe Proud Trust. Special thanks to Jennifer Jordan-O’Neill for early development and collaboration.

Event Calendar

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, United Kingdom

23rd May 2017
19:30 – 20:45

Pay What You Decide (£1-£20)

14+. Contains strong language.

The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle, United Kingdom

19th May 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£10 / £8

14+. Contains strong language.

The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, United Kingdom

27th May 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£12 / £10 / £8

14+. Contains strong language.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall Market Place Bishop Auckland County Durham DL14 7NP

28th June 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£10 / £8

14+. Contains strong language.

Brentwood Theatre, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, United Kingdom

1st June 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£10

14+. Contains strong language.

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, United Kingdom

7th June 2017
19:45 – 21:00

£10.50 / £9

14+. Contains strong language.

Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom

14th June 2017
19:30 – 20:45

TBC

14+. Contains strong language.

Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Square Road, Halifax, United Kingdom

21st June 2017
20:00 – 21:15

Pay What You Can (£1-£20)

14+. Contains strong language.

6 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF, United Kingdom

10th June 2017
19:45 – 21:00

£12 / £10

14+. Contains strong language.

Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, Raby Road, Hartlepool, United Kingdom

17th May 2017
19:00 – 20:15

£8 / £7

14+. Contains strong language.

The Black-E, Great George Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

1st July 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£10 / £8

14+. Contains strong language.

Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham, United Kingdom

12th May 2017
19:00 – 20:15

£5 / £4

14+. Contains strong language.

The Lowry, The Quays, Salford, United Kingdom

24th June 2017
20:00 – 21:15

£12 / £10

14+. Contains strong language.

Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorkshire, TS12 1JW

16th May 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£10

14+. Contains strong language.

Arc Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

24th May 2017
19:00 – 20:15

Pay What You Decide (£1-£20)

14+. Contains strong language.

Arts Centre Washington Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB

29th June 2017
19:30 – 20:45

£8.50 / £6

14+. Contains strong language.

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