Soaked. By Emmaa Rydal

It's Wine O'Clock! When do you stop?

Imogen and Rich don't care if the glass is half full or half empty, as long there is wine in it that's what's important. That's how they unwind, how they party, how they deal with the stresses of life; young children, high powered jobs. But after twenty years of drinking to excess, Imogen is having second thoughts. She's tired of waking up with an unexplained bruise, tired of beating herself up when she's drunk too much, tired of being tired, but is it enough? When life has become so intertwined with the powerful nectar is it easy to break away, or do relationships start to unravel? Perhaps a wake-up call is all she needs?

Filled with humour and drama 'Soaked' seeks to unnerve.

Rosehill Theatre and La'al Marra Productions presents the premier of Soaked on Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm followed by a post show discussion. Soaked is the new play by acclaimed local writer and actress Emma Rydal and the first play co-produced by Rosehill Theatre after the 2.7m redevelopment of the venue. Soaked will then tour Cumbria and Manchester in the Autumn.

Showcase audience response

It was a really great show, cant wait to find out what happens next. I found it increasingly uncomfortable to watch as it felt disturbingly familiar.
Elaine Wise

Naturalistic, truthful dialogue with a light touch, I was interested in all the characters.
Joe Sumison

The showcase already had favourable reviews and has received funding from the Arts Council England and Cumbria County Council. The play is directed by Peter McQueen, stalwart of the Theatre by the Lake. He has also toured with his one-man shows 'Old Herbaceous' and 'The Professor of Adventure'. The cast for Soaked comprises Emma Rydal, Toby Gaffney and Madeleine Joseph. Original score by local composer Nick Smith from Issi Noho and set and costume design by Emma Bayliss from Whitehaven.

The show will open at Rosehill Theatre on Saturday 30th September 2017 and tour Cumbria, Lancaster and Manchester in October 2017. For full tour dates, and to book tickets, click here.

Soaked has received recognition from alcohol support group Soberistas* on the issues that are raised in the production.

* is an independent peer support website aimed at women with problematic drinking behaviours. There are thousands of people worldwide who belong to the Soberistas community; a non-religious, non-judgmental and completely anonymous online space for anyone looking for support in dealing with alcohol problems. A recent survey on Soberistas carried out by the University of Southampton showed that 47% of members had never accessed any other type of support before signing up to the website. Soberistas is aimed at women but not exclusively so - about 10% of members are men.

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