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Longton Methodist Central Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

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£8.00 - £10.00

From the flyover to Smallthorne roundabouts, from the ring road to Shelton Old Road, you think you know this city right?

You know it like the back of your hand, from the bottom of a Wedgwood cup to the crumbliest potbank.

But something’s been waiting underneath.

All this time, buried deep, and it’s got a secret its finally ready to share.

One morning when a smog descends over Stoke-on-Trent and its roads start to crack, and a stranger returns with a mission and another tries to leave, five residents find themselves stranded in an unknown place and discover in order to return they must face the most basic question: is their city worth saving.  

A show for those that love the city, for those sometimes not sure, for those just arrived, for those born and bred.

A show for past seekers, for future dreamers and those somewhere in between. 

An evening of falling out of love and falling back in.

A love song to potbanks. To pits. To canals. To leaving the past. To seeking a future. To losing it all. To maybe winning it back. 

A show. With music. Simply about… Stoke. 


Supported by National Lottery through Arts Council England, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Unity Theatre Trust.

Please note there will be no performances on Saturday 21, Sunday 22 or Monday 23 September. 

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Longton Methodist Central Hall

The Strand



Producer: Potboiler Theatre 

Writer: Kat Boon

Director: Kat Hughes

Musical Direction and Composition: Dave Culling

Designer: Cory Shipp

Lighting Designer: John Slevin


David Bowen

Sofia Hatfield

Harry Mace

Steph Reynolds

Fiona Whitelaw

The venue is accessible to wheelchair users via a second entrance - just let staff know on arrival and we can direct you.

A hearing loop will be available.

If you have any access requirements or need additional support please contact [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you. 

Is this show suitable for children?

This show is aimed at adults and young people aged 12+. However audiences are more than welcome to use their discretion and bring younger children. 

Are there concessionary tickets available?

Concessionary tickets are available for: under 18s; students; over 65s; people in receipt of unemployment or disability benefits. Box Office may ask for proof of eligibilty on arrival.

What is the running time?

We anticipate a running time of 2 hrs including interval but this will not be confirmed until the week before the show opens.

Will there be an interval?

Yes there will be a 15 minute interval.

Will there be a bar?

There will be hot drinks and refreshments available but as the show takes pace in a Methodist Chapel alcohol will not be available and cannot be brought into the venue. Longton has lots of places for pre-show drinks and we will be sharing special offers closer to the time.

Are there toilets?

Toilets and accessible toilets are available in the venue.

Is there parking?

Parking is available at Longton Exchange (ST3 2JA) approx 4 minutes (£1 after 3pm).

Will tickets be available on the door?

Tickets may be available on the door but this is subject to availability. The venue has very limited capacity so we strongly encourage you to book in advance. 


Potboiler Theatre

Potboiler is a new-writing theatre company based in Stoke-on-Trent which creates exuberant and compelling character-driven productions and theatrical experiences in the city and beyond it. We are both champions of the city that has made us and intrigued by how the city meets the rest of the world. Beginning as a pub-theatre project in 2014, we have created work in pubs, beer gardens, town halls, empty shops and clubs, presenting: Stories from Pub Corners (2014), The Rhapsodies & The Inn (2015), Devotion (2016) and GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS (2017).. We are passionate about audacious stories and big ideas, beautiful drama and immersive experiences, heartfelt and sincere but always with a good dose of irreverence, and bringing these to brand new spaces and brand new audiences.