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A Kind of Loving - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BANG Theatre is presenting A Kind of Loving at the Jack Studio Theatre. John Godber’s new adaptation of the novel by Stan Barstow, it runs from Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 16, 2019.

How can you think you’ve found so much and suddenly wake-up and find you’ve found nothing at all.

It’s 1962. Victor Brown is 20 years old and he’s infatuated with Ingrid Rothwell, a typist from the factory where he works. Both are from Cressley, a working-class town in West Riding, Yorkshire.

Victor soon finds his feelings for Ingrid have nothing to do with love. But Ingrid loves Victor and agrees to carrying on with their unofficial courtship in bus shelters, parks and the cinema.

Ignorance leads to Ingrid getting pregnant, and they are forced into a marriage that neither is ready for and Vic doesn’t want. When Vic moves in with his in-laws everything changes, and the bargaining begins.

A Kind of Loving was published in 1960 and made Stan Barstow one of the key voices of the 1960’s cultural renaissance in British life.

The cast includes Adam Goodbody, Courtney Buchner, David Kerr, Maggie Robson, Annabelle Green, John Chisham, Josh Husselbee, Simon Chappell, David East, Oliver Leigh and Hana Kelly.

Directed by Elizabeth Elstub and designed by Cara Evans, A Kind of Loving has lighting by Corrie Harris and sound by Molly Linfield. Voice and accent coach is Lucy Atkinson Parker.

Bang Theatre’s A Kind of Loving launches North meets South, an ongoing exploration of Northern writer’s novels, plays and films, past, present and future.

As part of North Meets South Jonny Magnanti will perform Tony Harrison’s iconic and rarely performed poem V on Sunday, November 10 at 7pm, at the Jack. V was written during the 1984-5 Miners’ strike.

A Kind of Loving contains content of sexual nature and is therefore suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Douglas Baker’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (October 8 to October 26, 2019).