Fly Away with prize-winning script

When Joe returns home for the first time since leaving for the army he finds it’s not only him that has been forced to deal with the secrets that are only whispered of behind closed doors. His sister Debbie can’t explain what goes on inside her head and his best friend Chemical knows more than anyone could have ever imagined.

When everything around him slowly falls apart Joe is forced to consider what keeps him from flying. Is it his sister, his heart, a denial of the truth or just a fear to spread his wings in the first place?

Secrets come to light when lies slowly unravel but who is it that holds the key? Maybe its Debbie, maybe its Joe, it could be the spoon stuck in the toilet or the cloud birds who never shut up.

Weather to Fly examines the difficulty of facing up to who you are when all you want is to disappear completely. The play looks at the courage needed to say ‘this is who I am’ when everyone around you watches as you struggle just to stay afloat. Weather to Fly is a story about having the courage to speak up against the silence.

Tees Valley based theatre company OddManOut, the creative mind behind this tale of identity and acceptance, initially formed in 2007 to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then they have continued to produce work which has toured venues throughout the UK including The Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, ARC, Stockton, and Arts Centre Washington.

After a successful and well received production in Edinburgh including a sell-out show, OddManOut affiliates Katy Weir and Scott Young, who met at a professional training and development scheme InterACT, and have continued to work together. Following the highly positive response to The Guest, they want to continue to collaborate with talented creatives in the region and beyond to continue to develop a creative hub for new writing in the Tees Valley area. Weather to Fly was festival winner at ARC Stockton’s Short Sharp Scripts in May 2012.

• OddManOut presents Weather to Fly on Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct at 7pm. Tickets are F: £10 C: £8and can be purchased here.