Too Much World at Once

Theatre |
29th March 2023

Starts 7.30pm | Tickets £12.50 | U18s £6 | 50% Student Discount | Theatre

A new play by Billie Collins. Presented by Box of Tricks.

“We should’ve seen this coming. We did. We did see this coming. The world will not be kind to us because we haven’t given it a reason to be.”

The world turns. Dark clouds gather. Chaos is on the horizon.

On his fifteenth birthday, Noble transforms into a bird. Thousands of miles away, his sister Cleo is stationed on a remote island with the British Antarctic Survey. The birds have disappeared. Noble needs to reach her. Lying low until it’s time to take flight, he finds solace in misfit Ellis while his mum Fiona desperately tries to stop their home from falling apart.

A lyrical, theatrical journey that spans continents and lives, Too Much World at Once is an urgent coming-of-age story for our times.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This debut play from Collins is a quirky yet beautiful piece that explores themes of queer identity, family, and the climate crisis of our world.” – West End Best Friend

★ ★ ★ ★ “A thoughtful parable that portrays the frustrations of a younger generation that care deeply about the plight of the planet, but feel powerless to do anything about it.” – The Stage



Paddy Stafford

Noble will be played by Paddy Stafford (he/him)

Paddy is from Derby. After graduating the Manchester School of Theatre in 2020, he has worked on both stage and screen. Paddy’s credits include; BFI, BBC, Not Too Tame, Derby Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Jermyn Street Theatre.

Ewan Grant

Ellis will be played by Ewan Grant (he/him)

Ewan trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His theatre credits include: Rob the Baker’s Boy in The Legend of Robin Hood (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds). Credits whilst training include: Lord Arlington in Nell Gwynn; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Gavroche in Les Misérables; John Bechdel in Fun Home; Willy/Dance Captain in Flora the Red Menace; Liam in Blister.

Alexandra Mathie

Fiona will be played by Alexandra Mathie (she/her)

Alexandra trained at LAMDA and works extensively in UK theatre and radio as well as making regular TV appearances on ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Doctors’. Frequent theatre appearances (includes five Off Broadway) in Scarborough (with Alan Ayckbourn), at Royal Exchange (Manchester), Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh), with Heroica Theatre Company and recently ‘Amadeus’ at the National Theatre.

Evie Hargreaves

Cleo will be played by Evie Hargreaves (she/her)

Evie is a northern actor who recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her credits include BBC’s Doctors’, and Miss Nobody for BBC Radio 4, for which she has been nominated for ‘Best Debut Performance’ at the BBC Audio Drama awards. She is thrilled to be making her professional stage debut with Box of Tricks.

About Box of Tricks

“Every story told. Every voice heard.”

Box of Tricks makes plays. We champion playwrights and empower them to tell the stories they want to tell. We create heartfelt theatre that resonates, inspires and entertains by uncovering new plays that reflect the world in which we live today.

Based in Manchester, Box of Tricks is an award-winning theatre company that brings people together to share stories collectively. We stage new plays and connect with communities right across the UK. Celebrating Northern talent, our productions are staged in theatres locally and nationally as well as in public spaces – pubs, libraries, village halls – in the heart of local communities.

New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart. Box of Tricks offers a home for playwrights to find their voice and tell their story. Our PlayMakers Network is a creative community for Northern playwrights to connect, collaborate and create. We nurture early-career North West playwrights through our year-long PlayBox attachments and commission, develop and produce bold new theatre through our New Tricks commissions.

We want to forge a fairer future and are committed to positive change. Beyond productions, we provide pathways into the arts, connect with communities, inspire younger generations and develop future talent.

We are the play makers. Every story told. Every voice heard.

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29th March 2023

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