Welcome to the Dukes and to this production of KIN
A new dark comedy about Power, Money and Succession by Christine Mackie directed by Sue Jenkins with Roberta Kerr as Kay and Kerry Willison-Parry as Steph
This is how Sue describes KIN
“It’s beautifully written with superbly drawn characters, brilliant witty dialogue and great depth which will wrong-foot the audience at every turn, making them laugh and cry in equal measure.”
The play takes place after the funeral of Robert McGregor when Sisters-in-law Kay and Steph meet for the first time in years. Having never been close, expectations are low, but nothing could prepare them for the revelations that lie ahead. This isn’t two women chatting over the vol-au-vents; it’s Game of Thrones in the Cotswolds and the gloves are off!
There was a recent article written by Lyn Gardner about Ageism in the Arts which chimed with what I’m trying to do with KIN. She looked at how older theatre practitioners are perceive and represented; this not just a LONDON issue of course but is relevant everywhere that Art is made and made available to audiences, and in this small theatre in Lancashire I hope I’m bucking that trend!
KIN has a current & relevant story with a dark vein of comedy running through it. I have long wanted to write a real rollercoaster age defying piece of theatre where older women get to take centre stage, not supporting the action but BEING the action; characters who are complex and dynamic, playful and passionate, funny and full of fight with a fantastic story to share.
I think the energy and passion in Kay and Steph is recognisable in many women of my age; seniors, elders, never sure what to call myself. Of course illness and loss change us and we are growing old but I feel as curious and creative as I ever been; I have things to say, to learn, to share and I want to see people like me on stage and TV, not just passive stereotypes considering a Pre-paid funeral plan!
The play has an all female creative team which is a joy and alongside the experience and expertise of Roberta, Sue and Kerry, there is younger talent too and I’m thrilled to be working with Designer Rachel Walton-Daniels and giving Katy Errington the chance to create her first Lighting Design. Not to mention, though here I am mentioning it, the incredible Kate Waters, our Fight Director.
I am very grateful for all the encouragement I’ve received as a new writer. When I held a script- in-hand performance of KIN in 2021 the Dukes offered me rehearsal space which enabled me to get these characters out of my head and onto the floor, and the audience feedback I got was invaluable. Later when I applied for Arts Council Funding the Dukes agreed to support the production if I was successful and I’m very grateful to Karen and everyone in the building for their help, kindness and care in bringing my new play to the stage. My relationship with the Dukes started a long time ago when I began my career here in 1979 and I’m proud to be one of theatre’s honorary patrons.
And lastly a very big THANK YOU to: James Mackie, Lois Mackie, Louise Bryning, Porl Cooper, David Fleishman, Sameena Hussain, Isabel Ford, Olwen May, A Cut Above, Viva Interiors, Janie Ash, Karen Draisey, April de Angelis, Anne Keen, Gabi Dawkins and EVERYONE at the Dukes!
Christine Mackie Writer
Cast & Creatives
Creative - Writer
Crew - Fight Director
Crew - Lighting Designer
Cast - Actor
Crew - Stage Manager
Creative - Director
Creative - Designer
Cast - Actor
Rehearsals & Behind The Scenes
Access at the Dukes
Physical Access for Performances and Screenings in the Round
The Round entrance is open 20 minutes before the start of the performance. Both The Round entrance and The Round Foyer, including an accessible toilet, are fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is a dropped curb outside the Round entrance. If you arrive more than 20 minutes before the performance or would like to access the Box Office, cafébar or gallery, please see the access details above.
Physical Access for Performances and Screenings for Moor Space
Moor Space is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has an accessible toilet. (There is a dropped curb)
Physical Access for Box Office, Cafébar, Gallery and Performances and Screenings in the Rake
The Dukes’ front entrance is accessed via 4 steps, followed by two further steps. These steps have a handrail on the right-hand side. To access our ramp, go down the cobbled alley to the left of the main entrance and then turn right. Please ring the doorbell by the ramp and a member of staff will open the doors. A car park space can usually be reserved at the back of the building (access via St Anne’s Place) in advance for those who need access via the ramp. Please mention this when booking. The whole of The Rake’s Front of House facilities, including the gallery, Box Office and accessible toilet, is on one level. The Rake theatre has one row of accessible seating on the front row, or chairs in this row can be removed to accommodate customers using wheelchairs.
Please note, there is a higher than usual curb directly outside the Duke's front entrance. There is a dropped curb to the left of St Anne’s Place, giving access down the cobbled alley to the ramp mentioned above. There is also a dropped curb outside the Round entrance.
Facilities for deaf or hard of hearing people
Infrared sound systems are available to amplify sound via a personal receiver. This can be used with or without a hearing aid. Selected film screenings in our programme are subtitled for hard of hearing patrons. An induction loop system is also available at the box office and in the Gallery.
Each of the shows produced by the Dukes has a British Sign Language Interpreted Performance. For details of our upcoming BSL Interpreted Performances please see www.dukes-lancaster.org.
Hearing dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water is always available for them.
Facilities for people with visual impairments
For people who have difficulty seeing the stage, all shows produced by the Dukes have audio described performances and a pre-show touch tour of the set. The audio description provides a live commentary (pre-recorded for the Dukes Park Show) of all the visual aspects of the production via a personal receiver provided by The Dukes. The professional audio describer will set the scene, describe the costumes and props and describe the actors’ movements and facial expressions as they happen. This is done in such a way as to ensure you will hear as much of the dialogue as possible.
We also offer touch tours before our audio described performance to enable people with visual impairments to feel their way around the set, costumes and props to get a better understanding of the show. Please let the Box Office know if you would like to use the service when you book. For details of our upcoming Audio Described Performances please phone the Box Office 01524 598500.
Guide dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water is always available for them.
Please contact us in advance if you require any assistance.