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A Harlow Playhouse Original


Written by Tom Ratcliffe
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair
Performed by Tom RatcliffeTaofique Folarin

Sam and his fiancé Noel have been together for years. They have a house, a cat and their whole lives ahead of them. But when a sudden and permanent distance crashes into their relationship, it falls upon Sam to discover where their story goes from here. Harlow Playhouse presents this new work by Tom Ratcliffe. Wreckage is a touching story about continuing bonds and love that only evolves and never dies.

“Wreckage is a compelling piece of theatre.”
★★★★★ Culture Fix

“Wreckage is one of those must-see performances.”
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly"


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Tom Ratcliffe - Writer & Performer

Tom is an award-winning, internationally produced playwright and was formerly the Co Executive Director of Wildcard Theatre Company. Tom was Guest Artistic Director of the Kings Head Theatre in 2023 as part of 'The Takeover'.

Recent writing commissions for Tom include a co-commission between Harlow Playhouse and HighTide. Writing credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), Evelyn (Southwark Playhouse / Mercury Theatre), Fame Whore (Kings Head Theatre), VELVET (UK & Ireland Tour / Pleasance Courtyard), Circa (Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam / The Old Red Lion) & Gifted (Pleasance Theatre). Tom was awarded the JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise in 2020. He was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 in 2016 and has been longlisted for the Verity Bargate, Theatre503 & Papatango playwriting awards.

Tom trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama. Theatre credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), VELVET (Above the Stag / UK Tour / Pleasance Courtyard), Sket (Park Theatre), 5 Guys Chillin' (Kings Head Theatre / Assembly Roxy) & Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston). TV credits include: Queenie (Channel 4). Film credits include Once Upon a Time in London (Gateway Films).

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Taofique Folarin - Performer

Training: The Italia Conti Academy, RADA (TV & Film), Middlesex University (BA).

Theatre includes: Moulin Rouge! (Piccadilly Theatre), 101 Dalmatians (Regent’s Park Theatre), Proud (King's Head), Instrumental (Hackney Empire), Safe (Hackney Empire), Norma Jean is Dead (Above the Stag), Body Talk (The Vaults), Fagamuffin (Bush), One Love (Birmingham Rep), The Lion King (Lyceum/Theatre im Hafen, Hamburg), Avenue Q (Gielgud/Noel Coward), Three Little Pigs (Palace/Sydney Opera House/Arts Centre Melbourne), Five Guys Named Moe (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Fame (UK/International Tour), Peter Pan (Adelphi), Dick Whittington (Birmingham Hippodrome), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Landor).

Workshops include: One in Two; Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.

Television includes: Sanderton (Sky), The Holiday (NBC), The Grass is Always Grindr (Amazon Prime), Life Begins (BBC).

Commercials include: Braun, Leboncoin, Stella Artois, Guinness, Squarespace, Sunbets.

Film includes: Thrive.

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  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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