Punch by James Graham at Nottingham Playhouse. Photo by Marc Brenner

First-look: James Graham’s Punch at Nottingham Playhouse – Production photos

Photos have come in for PUNCH, the new play by James Graham (Dear England, Sherwood, Tammy Faye, Boys From the Blackstuff) at Nottingham Playhouse.

This world premiere production is now playing at Nottingham Playhouse until 25 May 2024.

Punch stars Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Mr Bates vs the Post Office) as Joan, alongside Tony Hirst (Coronation Street, Hangmen) as David, and David Shields (Masters of the Air) as Jacob Dunne.

The cast also features Shalisha James-Davis (Casualty) as Claire, Emma Pallant (Cowbois) as Jacob’s mother, and Alec Boaden as Raf, DS Villiers and Sam.

Punch is directed by Adam Penford, and the creative team also includes production design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Robbie Butler, sound design and composition by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, movement direction by Leanne Pinder, and casting by Christopher Worrall CDG.

The drama explores violence and masculinity, inspired by Jacob Dunne’s memoir Right from Wrong, an unflinching true-life account of how Nottingham teenager Jacob throws a single punch – with fatal consequences.

Released from prison, the parents of the victim ask to meet him. Their quest for answers results in an unlikely connection and Jacob’s life begins to turn around.

James Graham recently scored a huge hit with Dear England, at the National Theatre and then the Prince Edward Theatre in London; his new stage adaptation of classic TV drama Boys From the Blackstuff is coming to the West End’s Garrick Theatre from 13 June to 3 August 2024.

Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Minority Report, the new stage adaptation by David Haig of the sci-fi book and movie, directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) and starring Jodie McNee, is now playing at London’s Lyric Hammersmith until 18 May 2024.

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📷 Main photo: Punch by James Graham at Nottingham Playhouse. Photo by Marc Brenner

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