Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

By Andrea Dunbar

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Top / Details / Extras / The Company
Tue 09 Jan - Sat 27 Jan 2018

​”Do you think it would be better if you and me got ourselves steady boyfriends?” 

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar wrote her semi-autobiographical play for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19. It’s a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, hungry for adult adventure.

“Dunbar’s writing is never judgemental or sentimental – she simply wrote about what she knew” The Times

The Big Idea: The Cast in Conversation
Fri 19 Jan, post-show

The cast discuss the current production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

The Big Idea: The Life and Work of Andrea Dunbar
Tue 23 Jan, post-show

Filmmaker Clio Barnard and author Adelle Stripe discuss the life and work of Andrea Dunbar with director Kate Wasserberg.

The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Read more about the panellists here.

The Andrea Project
Sat 20 Jan, 12:15pm – 5:30pm

A day of free events inspired by the life, work and legacy of Andrea Dunbar curated by female artist and makers who have been involved in our 2015 – 17 Young Court programme of work. The day will include a series of installations around the building as well as readings of new work by eight young female writers, from London and four from Bolton who have been taking part in playwriting workshops led by writers Laura Lomas and Rachel De-Lahay.

The day is a collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton.

For more information click here.

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“Dunbar’s unflinching portrait of a world of limited horizons and urban desolation still seems chillingly resonant”

The Guardian | Michael Billington Read full review

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"Gemma Dobson as Sue and Taj Awtwal as Rita are terrific"

The Times | Ann Treneman

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“Lively and splendidly acted”

Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford Read full review

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"Strongly recommended"

The Independent | Paul Taylor Read full review

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Financial Times | Ian Shuttleworth

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"Remarkable... Absolutely must be seen"

WhatsOnStage | Sarah Crompton Read full review

"An astonishing piece"

Time Out | Alice Saville

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 13 Jan)
Captioned: Fri 26 Jan 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 27 Jan 2.30pm

Running Time: 80 mins (approx.)

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Age Guidance: 14+


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