Brand new theatre in the Potteries

I was at Burslem School of Art for the first night of Ugly Duck, written by local playwright Deborah McAndrew, and staged by her Potteries based company, Claybody Theatre. A touching performance showed the humour of the region’s communities in facing the tough years of industrial decline, the emasculation of the city’s industrial workforce, and the negotiation of a complicated future – all through the dialogue of a naked man wearing a Port Vale hat with an artist painting his portrait. Reviews have been great and the play has been widely acclaimed (