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Bottleneck

2013
by Luke Barnes

Bottleneck is an outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes.

The Telegraph

A HighTide production.

Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and it wasn’t very nice so I think I’m a virgin. I’m going to say I am. Will look better on my uni applications.

Liverpool, 1989. Greg is thirteen. He has just started secondary school. He earns pocket money sweeping up hair in a barbers. Girls are aliens. Liverpool FC are everything.

Liverpool, 2012. Tom has an extraordinary story to tell you.

Steven Atkinson, director of the Fringe First winning Lidless directs James Cooney (Island, National Theatre) in a vibrant coming-of-age story about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. It is about a notorious city; Liverpool. How the outside world views it and how it views the outside world.

Bottleneck played at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival, and Soho Theatre.

Dates & Locations

Cast & Creatives

  • James Cooney Luke
  • Steven Atkinson Director

    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide.

    His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude).

    His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).

  • Luke Barnes Writer
    Luke Barnes  is a playwright, his work includes Bottleneck at Soho Theatre and UK Tour with HighTide, Eisteddfod at HighTide Festival, Chapel Street at Bush Theatre, Edinburgh Underbelly and UK Tour, Ten Storey Love Song at Hull Truck, Who's Afraid Of The Working Class at Liverpool Unity, The Saints at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Weekend Rockstars at Battersea Arts Centre, Hull Truck and UK tour, A Wondrous Place at Royal Exchange Manchester and UK Tour, Beats North at Northern Stage, with a UK Tour, and Weekday Nights at The Unicorn. On television, his credits include Minted In Manchester for Channel 4
  • Natasha Chivers Lighting Design

    Natasha is a Lighting Designer

    For HighTide: Harrogate (HighTide Festival, Royal Court Theatre, National Tour); Bottleneck (HighTide Festival, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, National Tour)

    Credits include: Strapless, Electric Counterpoint (Royal Opera House); Gravity Fatigue, Encore (Sadler’s Wells);  Oresteia (Almeida, West End); 1984 (Headlong, Almeida, West End, National and International Tours); Who Cares, Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, The Mistress Contract, Gastronauts, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court); The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion, Mother Courage and Her ChildrenThe Radicalisation of Bradley Manning  (National Theatre Wales); Scuttlers (Royal Exchange); Praxis Makes Perfect (Neon Neon, National Theatre Wales); Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland, Broadway, Japan Tour); Green Snake (National Theatre of China); 27, The Wheel, Mary Stuart, The House of Bernard Alba, Empty/Miracle Man, Home (Glasgow) (National Theatre of Scotland); Statement of Regret (National Theatre); Sunday in the Park With George (West End); The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland, Improbable); That Face (Royal Court, West End); Othello, Dirty Wonderland, Pool (No Water), Tiny Dynamite, Peepshow, HymnsSell-Out (Frantic Assembly); Four Fridas, Run!, Renaissance (Greenwich + Docklands International Festivals); Mesmerics, Metheus (BalletBoyz theTALENT, Linbury Studio); Motor Show (LIFT/Brighton Festival); Electric Hotel (Sadler’s Well's, Fuel); God’s Garden (Arthur Pita, ROH Linbury, Tour); Broken, Scattered (Motionhouse).

    Natasha was nominated for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Lighting for Oresteia.

    She has won a Theatre Critics of Wales Award in 2014 for Praxis Makes Perfect (Best Lighting), a Theatre Award UK in 2011 for Happy Days (Best Design with Lizzie Clachan) and an Olivier Award in 2007 for Sunday in the Park With George (Best Lighting Design).

  • Tom Mills Music and Sound
  • Georgina Lamb Original Movement