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The Road to Huntsville 


The Road to Huntsville created by Stephanie Ridings won a Bite Size commission in May 2015 and has been commissioned for full production by China Plate, mac birmingham and Warwick Arts Centre. It is supported by Birmingham Repetory Theatre, Arts Council England, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Visit the project website here


The work was developed during summer 2016, and will be running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 (Summerhall), after a handful of UK previews. Since then it has been touring nationally, and has been selected for a British Council Pitch at the Edinburgh Showcase 2017. 


“I’m trying to understand women who marry men on death row. I’m trying not to be judgemental.”


The Road to Huntsville is an exploration into unconventional love, state homicide and challenging preconceptions.


Stephanie Ridings is a writer / performer. Her most recent work, Unknown Male, opened at Birmingham REP to critical acclaim and was awarded the 2014 Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Award.

WINNER: Arts Award Voice Pick of the Fringe 2016

★★★★ “Ridings captures the audience using a unique style that’ll make you feel like you’re at home watching a Netflix documentary.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


★★★★ “Equal parts shocking and straightforward, this carefully crafted and beautifully told story makes you both sympathise with the decisions made and question what you might do in the circumstances.” Across the Arts


The Road to Huntsville is part of a collection of short plays curated by Sue Parrish, Artistic Director of Sphinx Theatre Company, published by Nick Hern books. Order your copy here



Director: Jonathan V McGrath

Film Maker: Rachel Bunce

Set Design: Janet Vaughan

Sound Design: Duncan Grimley

Production Management: Thomas Langford

Stage Management: Kirsty Smith



16 September 2017, The International Agatha Christie Festival, more here

28 - 30 September 2017, Salisbury Playhouse, more here

4 October 2017, Ashcroft Arts Centre, more here

5 October 2017, West End Centre, more here

6 October 2017, Forest Arts Centre, more here

17 November 2017, Square Chapel, Halifax, more here

6 December 2017, Marlborough, Brighton, more here

9 June, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 

6 June 2017, Pulse Festival, Ipswich, more info here

17 May 2017, WTF Wednesdays, Lowry Theatre, Salford

14 - 17 March 2017, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol 

6 & 7 March 2017, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 

9 February 2017, Lakeside Theatre, Essex


Summerhall, 5 - 28 August 2016



15 & 16 June 2016, mac birmingham, tickets and info here

23 June 2016, Off Best Festival, Oxford, tickets and info here

19 July 2016, The Old Red Lion Theatre, London, tickets and info here

31 July 2016, The HUB, Leeds, tickets and info here

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