14th September – 24th November 2012

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (2012)

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal present

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

by Alan Sillitoe, adapted for the Stage by Roy Williams

Directed by Marcus Romer

Designed by Lydia Denno


Working with patron Roy Williams, award winning company Pilot Theatre brought this searing text of class and the criminal justice system to the stage. The stunning new production, set in Britain's Olympic Year 2012, exposed the beating heart of a nation, still broken and still divided across class lines.

A long distance race in real time. We follow one runner, alone with his thoughts, becoming part of his journey as his steady running rhythm transports him over a harsh, frost bitten earth. Colin Smith is defiant. He is a young rebel inhabiting the no man's land of detention centres and young offenders institutes.

Why, for whom, and for what is he running?

Adapted by BAFTA winning and Olivier Award nominated playwright Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Fallout, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads), this gritty adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic text hits the ground running; unlocking the biting realism of the original book while placing the drama firmly in a contemporary frame.