Previewed: Reasons To Stay Alive at HOME Manchester

Image of Phil Cheadle and Mike Noble in Reasons To Stay Alive courtesy Johan Persson

Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive comes to HOME Manchester with a stage adaptation from Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre.

The production is directed by Jonathan Watkins, featuring text from April De Angelis.

At 24, Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression.  Reasons To Stay Alive is the true story of his journey out of crisis with an exploration of living and loving better.  Matt Haig’s frank and funny besterseller stayed in the British top 10 for 46 weeks and has now been adapted for the first time for the theatre with music and movement celebrating what it means to be alive.

The cast of Reasons To Stay Alive at HOME Manchester features Bolton-born Phil Cheadle (Harlots, Dark Angel and Silent Witness) as older Matt; Macclesfield-born Chris Connelly as his dad; Janet Etuk returning to Manchester after recently appearing in the Manchester International Festival production fo Tao Of Glass, as Andrea; Mike Noble (The Capture) as younger Matt; Dilek Rose (BBC2’s MotherFatherson) as Dawn, Jenny and Rose; and Connie Walker (Hobly, Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey, Hollyoaks) as mum.

Director Jonathan Watkins’ credits include Kes (Sheffield Crucible Theatre and UK tour) and the first dance adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 for Northern Ballet (UK Tour and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, May 2016). He was also the movement director in the Manchester International Festival production of The Machine.

When does Reasons To Stay Alive run at HOME Manchester?

Reasons To Stay Alive runs at HOME Manchester from 29 October – 2 November 2019.  Tickets £12.50 (concessions £5-£10.50).

Image of Phil Cheadle and Mike Noble in Reasons To Stay Alive courtesy Johan Persson

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Author: Michelle Swift