Headlong announces 2022 season from new Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan

Leeds Play House JITNEY
Jitney company at Leeds Play House. Photo by Sharron Wallace

Headlong has announced its 2022 season, the first under new Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan.

Highlights of the season include the world premiere of Corrina, Corrina, a new play by Award-winning Liverpool-based playwright Chloe Moss (Run Sister, Run, Love Liverpool) at Liverpool Everyman.


Directed by Holly Race Roughan (Metamorphoses) this gripping thriller set at sea explores the exploitation and power dynamics on board a cargo ship travelling from the UK to Singapore.

The creative team is completed by Set Designer Moi Tran, Dramaturg Mingyu Lin, Composer and Sound Designer Max Perryment and Lighting and Video Design Josh Pharo. A co-production with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Corrina, Corrina, will have it’s opening night at Liverpool Everyman on the 19 May and run until 4 June.

Following its premiere at Leeds Playhouse, Tinuke Craig’s (The Colour Purple) searing production of August Wilson’s Jitney will have its London premiere at The Old Vic (9 June – 9 July) ahead of runs at Oldham Coliseum Theatre (13 – 16 July), Worthing Connaught Theatre (19 – 23 July) and Bath Theatre Royal (26 – 30 July). A Headlong, Leeds Playhouse and Old Vic co-production.

Also announced is a to-be-revealed production of one of Shakespeare’s great works, placing it firmly within the context of the current social/political climate. In partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe, the production will be directed by Holly Race Roughan and open at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse later this year ahead of a UK tour in 2023.

Meanwhile, Headlong has revealed playwright and actor Charlie Josephine (Joan, POPS, BLUSH) will join the company as Headlong’s Writer-in-residence for 2022/23.

Holly Race Roughan, Artistic Director of Headlong said: “It has been no easy feat programming in a global pandemic, our industry has been brought to its knees by covid and we collectively continue to fire fight its devastating impact. So it is a privilege to be able to announce a season of work in these times, work that speaks to the political moment, exploits the liveness of theatre and has the audience – who we have sorely missed – at its heart.

“We are fiercely committed to making work and collaborating with exceptional talent outside of London and I am proud to be kicking off my first season as Artistic Director with a new work from Liverpool-based playwright Chloe Moss which will see us continue our ongoing relationship with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. It’s a feminist thriller set on a container ship and promises to be a gripping and politically charged night out (did we mention it also has karaoke?).

“August Wilson’s psychologically deft and moving portrayal of black male friendship, will be produced at The Old Vic in London under the astonishing direction of Tinuke Craig before it heads out on tour.

“Finally, we will be closing the year in a co-production with the Globe as we take the intimate, candle lit Sam Wanamaker on tour, reinterpreting one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays within the context of the current political climate, in a show that embraces the relationship between actor and audience.”

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