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Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd transfers to Trafalgar Studios

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell-out, award-nominated run at the White Bear Theatre, Keith Stevenson’s comedy Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd is transferring to Trafalgar Studios, where it runs from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Things could not get any worse for Mitchell, who just lost his girlfriend, his apartment, and his job. With nowhere to go, he answers an ad for a roommate and finds himself in a West Virginia countryside motel with JD, an affable hillbilly of mysterious origins.

Soon JD’s neighbours – curmudgeonly Flip, meth-head Marlene, and her hot-headed boyfriend Tommy – have all but taken over the tiny room. When the zany group find themselves in a hostage situation, Mitchell must decide to save himself or join this dysfunctional family and let his freak-flag fly.

Speaking about Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd, writer and actor Keith Stevenson said: “It warms my heart that this little story set in Appalachia has received a universal response from people of all colours and creeds in places like London and Los Angeles. They come to the theatre and a little over an hour later they walk out feeling better than they did coming in. They’re buoyed by a fortified hope that goodness and kindness still have a shot.”

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd became a cult hit amongst fans following its six month highly acclaimed run at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles in 2012 – audience members returned again and again to watch the show. Fried Meat re-opened later that year with the festive sequel A Fried Meat Christmas. Then, in the summer of 2014, Stevenson thrilled audiences yet again with the third part in the series, The Unfryable Meatness of Being. The three plays were revived in December 2014 and December 2015 as The Fried Meat Trilogy.

Stevenson who originated the role of JD in Los Angeles, hails from Keyser in West Virginia – the hometown of the actual Fried Meat Ridge Road.

As well as Keith Stevenson (as J.D.), the cast includes Robert Moloney (Mitch), Alex Ferns (Tommy), Michael Wade (Flip) and Melanie Gray (Marlene).

Produced by Wildcard, Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd is directed by Harry Burton and is designed by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Jai Morjaria. Assistant director is Anna Andresen.

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd is the first ever show to transform Trafalgar Studios 2 into an end-on space.

Tickets: £30, £25, £20 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7632 or online at www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: 70 minutes.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: the West End debut of Bill Rosenfield’s 46 Beacon (until April 29); a new production of Oscar winner Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play, The Philanthropist (until July 22); and Richard Bean’s Kiss Me (June 6 to July 8, 2017).