12MilesNorth Present



by Vivienne Franzmann

Directed by Kim Burnett


At Hope Mill Theatre

Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th June 2019


'Share equal da childcare? When done you get so middle class? What, you gonna get a nanny next? Gonna start quaff quaffin’

red wines an’ chattin’ bout dem rocketin’ house prices?'


A brutal, authentic, hard-hitting drama about survival, love and trying to escape the past.


Pink needs Rolly. Rolly needs Pink. Pink is sucked in and Rolly wants out but where do you find a compromise in between the zig-a-zig-ah?


A story of two sisters trapped in their decaying nest, tied to a past that refuses to release them whilst tackling issues of young women who have



'Pests' is a production by 12MilesNorth.


25th - 29th of June

7:30 pm

(3pm Matinee -  29th June)

Running Time: 1 hour 20 mins approx.


Age Restriction: 14+

Scenes of heavy drug use and reference to rape.


Tickets £10

Conc. £8







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been in care, who struggle with heroin addiction, methadone dependency, literacy issues, memories of childhood sexual abuse, time in prison, pregnancies that have ended with children being removed, mental illness, violence, unemployment and poverty.

It has recently been reported that more homeless people died in Manchester than any other local authority area throughout England and Wales in 2017 as well as there being twice as many homeless people in Manchester than official data suggests – making this piece all too relevant in today’s society.


It has recently been reported that more homeless people died in Manchester than any other local authority area throughout England and Wales in 2017 as well as there being twice as many homeless people in Manchester than official data suggests – making this piece all too relevant in today’s society.




12MilesNorth Theatre Company was set up in 2014 under the guidance of Ian Morley at The Civic, Barnsley – through the Civic Artists Residency Programme. Working with local musicians, they explored ideas for a family show based on Hans Christian Anderson’s – The Little Match Girl.


In 2015, they received Arts Council England funding to produce a mini-tour of their first play, a piece of new writing – Twelve Miles North of Sheffield. Touring to high streets of villages around Barnsley and in empty shops, pub function rooms and empty cafes, successfully engaging with new audiences in areas of low engagement. This production was further developed in 2016, receiving artistic support and development from The Bolton Octagon. They performed to a sold out audience at CAST in Doncaster and were invited to pitch at the Venues North annual meeting.


Most recently, they produced a fifteen minute piece of new writing called ‘Nina’ at The Civic, Barnsley. The piece received excellent feedback from audiences and fellow artists. Planning is in place to head into further development working under the support of The Civic, Barnsley.




Stacey Harcourt: 'Rolly'

After graduating from the BA (hons) Acting course at Italia Conti in 2014, Stacey headed straight back to Manchester as soon as she could – back to the heart of Salford. Since graduating, her credits include; ‘Doctors’ (BBC), ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV), ‘Waterloo Road’ (BBC), ‘Freak’ (53two), ‘I’m Gonna Jump’ (53two) – for which she received a Greater Manchester Fringe award nomination for ‘Best Performance in a Fringe Production’.


Stacey can also be seen in ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ playing the role of Kayleigh, which has now been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and has won numerous prestigious awards from the likes of the Royal Television Society and a personal commendation for Stacey from Leicestershire Police as the short film has now helped to save the lives of many young people who have been subject to online grooming. ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ can be found on YouTube.



Liz Simmons: 'Pink'

Liz is from Yorkshire, trained at Birmingham School of Acting and has just finished touring with the comedy show ‘Hormonal Housewives’. Recent credits include Trudi - ‘The Shed Crew’ (Red Ladder Theatre), ‘4x15’ (Sheffield Crucible) , Karen - ‘Shirley’ (Square Chapel), Lady Macduff/Witch - ‘Macbeth’ (53Two), Nicola - ‘Our Glass House’ (Common Wealth), Linda - ‘Ladies Day’ (The Lichfield Garrick) and Juliet - ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (The Cheltenham Everyman).


Liz is a founding member and producer of 12MilesNorth Theatre and wrote and performed in their first production Twelve Miles North of Sheffield.




Clean Break:

Clean Break uses theatre to keep the subject of women in prison on the cultural radar, helping to reveal the damage caused by the failures of the criminal justice system. Through their unique work, they raise difficult questions, inspire debate, and help to effect profound and positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system. Clean Break’s women-only identity is crucial to their rationale. The treatment of women by the criminal justice system is one of the clearest demonstrations that our society is still unequal and that women are judged by different standards to men. Most women offenders have experienced male violence and are victims of crime, yet first-time women offenders are twice as likely as men to be sent to prison. Their vision is of a society where women are neither unjustly criminalised nor unnecessarily imprisoned, and they believe that theatre enables women to challenge their oppression by society in general and by the criminal justice system in particular.




Kim Burnett: Director

Kim is a Manchester based actor and director who trained at Bretton Hall.

Kim’s Directing credits include: The Maids (Bretton Hall), Men Should Weep (Bathgate Academy Theatre), Kindertransport (Bathgate Academy Theatre), White (Tristan Bates Theatre).


Kim’s acting credits include: Missing (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Lightning in May (Keagan Fransch), Macbeth (Manchester Actors Company), An Inspector Calls (MAC), A Christmas Carol (Front Room Productions), Tipping Point (Theatre 53two), Nothing To See Here (Arcola Theatre), The Little Prince (Manchester Actors Company), Engaged & Portraits (Oldham Coliseum), Fatal Attraction R&D (Theatre Royal Haymarket-Trevor Nunn), Kicking (New Wimbledon Theatre), That's Your Trouble (Theatre Royal Haymarket-Sheila Hancock), Crowd (Crow Theatre).