National tour of alcoholism play and Q&A is first to be sponsored by a social enterprise. Broadcaster Adrian Chiles described DRY as the best illustration he’s seen of how people can unwittingly fall into alcoholism. Originally commissioned by the NHS, DRY is a one-hour play with music about parenting, disappointment and middle-age drinking. The new national tour is supported by Turning Point, which delivers drug and alcohol recovery services around the UK for people who want to make positive change in their lives.
Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, it will include a Q&A after each show with local guest professionals from Turning Point and other organisations to discuss the issues of the play, the impact of alcohol on communities as well as to let people know about services that can help.
The play is about the Wilson family, who might be middle class and middle aged – but there is nothing middling about their alcohol intake! Can they keep the ‘toxic’ out of ‘intoxicated’ and keep the family together, or is it a case of sorrows drowned?
DRY will tour from Thursday 16th January (starting in Oxfordsire) and ending on Wednesday 12th February. Venues include theatres, school halls, museums, libraries and a Turning Point service centre, amongst others. Most performances will be on a pay-what-you-can basis, after the performance, and bookings can be made at www.humanstorytheatre.com/shows.