Beautiful Warmth

Dark comedy of the 80s revisited in new play The Beautiful Warmth at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

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Remember the good ole 1980s? If the buzz around new play The Beautiful Warmth is anything to go by, you may not need to remember it – the dark comedy deals with the relationships between humanity, consumerism, and the desire for professional success. You can’t get more ’80s than that.

It helps that the show is set in 1989, too.

The action takes place in the small Lancashire town of Whitworth, and the play follows the exploits of the two fireplace salesmen: TK, who’s desperate to save his job by making his first sale; and the smooth-talking Lucky. When tasked with securing the last remaining house in town, the two race against each other to land the most important sale of their lives.

The Beautiful Warmth, a new play by Adam Gilmour and directed by Sean Gregory, will début at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale.

The show was commissioned by Waterside Arts Centre in March, where Adam won the To The Stage competition run by Creative Industries Trafford.

As well as securing a three-night run for the show, Adam also received £3,000 to produce the play. Since being commissioned, Adam has gone on to secure further funding through Arts Council England, and founded his own production company, Check Shirt Theatre Co.

Over the past few months Adam has been developing the script under the mentorship of award-winning actor and dramaturg Wyllie Longmore.

Wyllie told ArtsCulture: ‘It has been my pleasure in recent years to work with new and emerging playwrights on the development and presentation of their work.’

‘I am delighted, on this occasion, to be working with Adam Gilmour, on his brilliant new play The Beautiful Warmth, a dark comedy of great ingenuity and moment.’

The piece will be Waterside Arts Centre’s third theatre commission, coming after Square Peg’s hugely successful The Man Who Woke Up Dead, and Nick Birchill’s critically-acclaimed White Night, and will also feature in the ‘Waterside 10’ programme, a special series of events celebrating the centre’s 10th birthday.

Director and theatre development co-ordinator at Sale Waterside Arts Centre Sean Gregory said: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Adam Gilmour on his first professional production.

‘Adam greatly impressed us from his proposal, which was selected from over fifty applicants, to the first scratch performance he showed at our commissioning event.

‘Particularly impressive was Adam’s individual voice and his skill in blending character, comedy and narrative in his pitch. We cannot wait for everyone to see the finished product.’

Adam said: ‘There can’t be many theatres out there who get behind their artists as much as Waterside do. They’ve worked so hard to support this production and help to make it as good as it can possibly be.’

The Beautiful Warmth runs from 30 October – 1 November at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. For tickets, times and more pop over to the Sale Waterside Arts Centre site.

How can you resist salesmanship like this?