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17 - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a reading as part of Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, Liverpool playwright Dameon Garnett’s new play 17 receives its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre, where it runs on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, 2014.

Let’s celebrate, right now, shall we? The cake’s ruined, but we’ve got the ashes. 17 candles on the ashes of my f****g life…

At seventeen years old, Scott is facing a future that is as uncertain as his past. The death of his adopted mother throws his life into chaos, and now he finds himself having to fit in with a new middle-class family, and the birth-mother he never knew.

Class differences soon reach fever pitch, and guilt has the winning hand. Whoever thought change would be this difficult, and what is Scott hiding under the bed?

17 is directed by Emma Faulkner, who returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed two Northern Irish classics – Over the Bridge (2013) and John Ferguson (2014).

The cast comprises Ryan Blackburn, Greg Fossard, Catherine Harvey and Paul Regan.

Liverpool playwright Dameon Garnett has had two plays receive their world premieres at the Finborough Theatre – the Time Out Critics’ Choice Break Away (2005) which starred Tina Malone of Shameless, and Follow (2008).

Produced by Max Milner and Winona Navin-Holder for Northern Edge in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, 17 is designed by Bethany Wells, with lighting by Peter Harrison and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions – available from the box office at 0844 847 1652 or online at

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm; Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: Noel Coward’s This Was A Man (until Saturday, August 2, 2014).