Greater Manchester Fringe

Manchester Fringe: 1st-31st July

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Lioness Theatre

The Black Stuff

The Black Stuff

Rubber - a miraculous substance! But until Charles Goodyear came along in the 1830s, it was sticky and useless. In a race against his rivals and battling incredible odds, Charles turned natural rubber into a product that revolutionised industries around the world. But it took everything he had. Meanwhile, his wife Clarissa faced the age-old struggle of women in this patriarchal society - the fight to have her voice heard.

Through theatre, art, humour, and song, “The Black Stuff” tells the dark true story of how a bankrupt button-maker became one of the most important inventors of all time – and the terrible price he and his family paid for it.

How much would you sacrifice if you knew it would change the world?

“Wonderful...I didn’t expect it to be quite so comical and enjoyable”
- Rony Robinson, BBC Radio Sheffield
“The music is really strong and the melodies linger in the mind”
- Audience feedback

Lioness Theatre is proud to present their debut show - written, composed, & directed by women, and performed by a diverse cast of Northern artists.

Twitter: @lioness_theatre


Date Time Venue Tickets Concs
Fri 13 Jul 2018 8:30pm Cross Street Unitarian Chapel £10.00 £8.00
Sat 14 Jul 2018 4:00pm Kings Arms: Theatre £10.00 £8.00