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The Speed Twins - Riverside Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BIG BROAD Productions Limited is presenting the world premiere of The Speed Twins at Riverside Studios (Studio 3), where it runs from September 3 (previews from August 29) to September 28, 2013.

Written by Maureen Chadwick, creator and writer of award-winning dramas Bad Girls, Footballers’ Wives and Waterloo Road, The Speed Twins is described as an exhilarating, intriguing and moving story about a long lost love between two women.

Respectable widow Queenie is astonished and appalled when she finds herself trapped in a mysterious nightclub called “The Gateways” with two alarming companions and no way out. As the drink flows, uncomfortable truths are revealed and Queenie is forced to revisit that fateful motorbike crash she walked away from fifty years ago.

Torn between temptation and fear, she struggles to justify her life’s choices and clear her conscience. Will she go to her grave with her conventional moral certainties intact? Or will she have the courage to re-write history and finally be true to her heart?

According to press material, The Speed Twins unleashes an explosive and darkly comic conflict of desires and challenges us all to ask fundamental questions about identity.

Simon Evans directs a cast that includes Amanda Boxer (Relative Values, Bath Theatre Royal, Long Voyage Home, Old Vic Tunnels, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Yorkshire Playhouse); Polly Hemingway (a series regular on Wallander and DCI Banks); and Mia Mackie (Rookery Nook, Menier Chocolate Factory, Law and Order, ITV1).

Simon Evans is a recent graduate from the Donmar Warehouse’s Resident Assistant Director scheme. His previous productions include The Silence of the Sea (Trafalgar Studios) and Thom Pain (The Print Room).

The Speed Twins is designed by Andrew D Edwards, with lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Ed Lewis.

Tickets: £22.50, £15 concessions. Early Bird: £17.50. 2-4-1 tickets on all previews (August 29 to September 1 – not including Saturday, August 31 and subject to availability). To book, call the box office on 020 8237 1111 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 5pm.

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