The Offing

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World Premiere - This new adaptation by Janice Okoh will bring all the vibrant colour and warmth of Benjamin Myers's novel.


An SJT co-production with Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Adapted from the Benjamin Myers novel by Janice Okoh
With additional material by Paul Robinson
Directed by Paul Robinson
Designed by Helen Goddard
Lighting Design by Sally Ferguson
Composer & Sound Designer Ana Silvera
Casting Director Sarah Hughes CDG

Key Cast:


Price: From £10

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14 October - 30 October 2021

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“That distant stretch of sea where sky and water merge. It’s called the offing.”

In a Britain still reeling from the Second World War, 16-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on an adventure – to walk from his home in Durham to Scarborough, where he hopes to find work. 

But he never gets there. Just up the coast at Robin Hood’s Bay, a chance encounter with the bohemian and eccentric Dulcie Piper leads to a lifelong friendship that will come to define them both. 

She introduces him to the joys of good food and wine, of art and literature. 

He helps her lay to rest a ghost from the past.  

Together, they create an unforgettable story which captured the hearts and minds of many readers on its publication in 2019, when it was featured on the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. This sensitive new adaptation of The Offing by Janice Okoh will bring all the vibrant colour and warmth of Benjamin Myers’s novel to our stage. This is an SJT co-production with Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Access Performances
Relaxed: Thursday 28 October, 1.30pm
Captioned: Thursday 28 October, 7.30pm
Signed: Saturday 30 October, 2.30pm
Audio Described: Saturday 30 October, 2.30pm

Post-show Q&A:
Wednesday 20 October, 7.30pm

Age guidance: 14+

The literary critics loved the book:

"This quiet, lyrical novel confirms a powerful new voice"
The Times

“…an unexpectedly touching story of a friendship that conquers the barriers of age, class and gender.”
The Guardian

“It’s about the forever things: good food, and art, and friendship, and how those pleasures can redeem us, even during the harshest of times.”
The New Statesman

For your peace of mind, we have a no-fuss refund policy if you need to self-isolate.

We are a Covid-secure venue and have been awarded two industry standard marks recognising the comprehensive safety measures we have in place which include temperature checks, 1 metre+ socially distanced seating, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, staggered arrival times

We'll be asking you to continue to wear a mask (unless you’re exempt) when moving around the building or when watching a show or film, at least for the time being.

You can find full details of our Covid safety measures here.


Thursday 14 October 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 15 October 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 16 October 2021, 7.30pm

Monday 18 October 2021, 7.30pm

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 7.30pm

Thursday 21 October 2021, 1.30pm

Thursday 21 October 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 22 October 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 23 October 2021, 2.30pm

Saturday 23 October 2021, 7.30pm

Monday 25 October 2021, 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 7.30pm

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 7.30pm

Thursday 28 October 2021, 1.30pm

Thursday 28 October 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 29 October 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 October 2021, 2.30pm

Saturday 30 October 2021, 7.30pm

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