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I’m with the Band - Wales Millennium Centre’s first London transfer

I’m with the Band

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Traverse Theatre Company’s and Wales Millennium Centre’s co- production of I’m with the Band opens its UK tour at London’s St. James Theatre (August 28 to September 7, 2013) following its world premiere at The Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Written by Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, National Theatre Wales), I’m With the Band mixes theatre with live indie-rock music on stage as it looks at the friendships, fall-outs and roller coaster world of one of the UK’s biggest bands – The Union.

A dysfunctional group of musicians, The Union has four members: an Englishman, a Northern Irishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman. But friendships and allegiances are tested when financial disaster strikes and Scottish guitarist Barry leaves the band. As artistic differences go head to head with alliances that run deep, can The Union survive?

Traverse Associate Director Hamish Pirie (the acclaimed Salt Root and Roe, in collaboration with Tim Price, as part of the Donmar’s Trafalgar 2011 season) directs a cast that includes James Hillier as Damien the Englishman, Declan Rodgers as Aaron the Northern Irishman, Andy Clark as Barry the Scotsman and Matthew Bulgo as Gruff the Welshman.

I’m With the Band is designed by Neil Warmington, with lighting by Philip Gladwell and music by Gordon McIntyre (Ballboy).

Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre said:

“We are delighted to be bringing our first collaboration with Traverse Theatre to the West End directly from its world premiere in Edinburgh. We are also thrilled to be transferring this production to the wonderful St James Theatre, which is the perfect home for Wales Millennium Centre’s first London transfer.”

Tickets: Premium Seats £37.50, other areas £29.50 and £15 – available from the box office on 0844 264 2140 or online at www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval).

Following its London dates, I’m with the Band will tour to Leicester, Ystradgynlais, Belfast, Milford Haven, Aberdare, Bangor, Brecon, Llanelli, Neath, Aberystwyth and Wales Millennium Centre.

The American Plan continues at St James Theatre until August 10, 2013.