Specially commissioned by The Ashton Group from writer Peter Straughan

A black comedy in which a psychiatrist battles to understand four psychotic young men in his care and the rising tide of his own mental dysfunction.


Performed with a live string quartet from The Royal Northern College of Music

A gripping piece of theatre with humour, pathos, and careful observation. The Ashton Group is a real emerging talent in the North and the partnership with writer Peter Straughan for Cold has produced touring theatre of real quality.

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Northern Arts


Ruben Phill Gregg

Grass Christian Hill

Stark Paul Jenkins

Keller Andrew Fullard

Dr Hersh John Hall


Director Rachel Ashton

Set Design Andrew Wood

Lighting Design Dave Hill

Composer Olly Fox

Stage Manager Gary Bridgens



Cold premiered at The Forum, Barrow in April 2001 and toured to

Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle

The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

DAG Studio Theatre, Dewsbury

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Live Theatre, Newcastle

Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

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