Crash (2010)

Synopsis The Production Photographs Reviews


It’s a reunion of sorts, but you’d never guess they ever had anything in common to see them now. Nick: Securities Trader for Goldman Sachs and collector of art. Humphrey: an artist with ethics and a cheque he’s not sure he should cash. Christine: the beautiful girl they both loved. All together again, in Nick’s Elizabethan mansion, getting ready to celebrate the unveiling of a new sculpture.

But under the surface Humphrey is angry. Angry in the same way that the whole world is angry, angry about how people like Nick seem to have got away with causing a financial meltdown that affected everyone, but still manage to bank their bonuses.

Text from WYP Promotional Material

What’s On Stage

Interview with William Nicholson, Writer (embedded from WYP Youtube)

The Production

Crash ran from 20 October to 13 November 2010 (previews from 16 October) at the Courtyard Theatre at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Sessions were one hour and 35 minutes, with one 20 minute interval. Mon-Sat 19:45. Oct 23,30 Mats 14:30. Nov 4,11 Mats 14:00. Nov 13 Mat 14:30. £16.00 to £26.00

Carolyn Backhouse Christine
Helen Bradbury Eva
Colin Mace Nick
Steven Pacey Humphrey
John Geoghegan, Cass Tyler Malcolm
Bruce MacKinnon Voice of Mac
Writer William Nicholson
Director Sarah Esdaile
Designer Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer Mic Pool
Choreographer Nic Winston
Dialect Coach Joe Windley
Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes
Assistant Director James Blakey
Deputy Stage Manager Lucy McMahon


Space dictates that we have only included photos featuring Steven Pacey.

Rehearsal Photos:

“Plenty of shouting to be heard from Rehearsal Room One, but fortunately it’s all in the script!” (WYP Facebook Page)

The West Yorkshire Playhouse released rehearsal photos. Photographs below show Steven Pacey as Humphrey and Carolyn Backhouse as Christine.

Photos © Keith Pattison
From WYP Photo Stream: Crash in Rehearsals

Production Photos:

Steven Pacey as Humphrey and Colin Mace as Nick.

Steven Pacey as Humphrey.

Steven Pacey as Humphrey and Helen Bradbury as Eva.

Steven Pacey as Humphrey and Carolyn Backhouse as Christine.

Carolyn Backhouse as Christine, Helen Bradbury as Eva, Steven Pacey as Humphrey.

All Photos © Keith Pattison
From WYP Photo Stream: Crash – Production Shots



Crash money box

Photo: publicity material WYP.

“The acting is universally strong” (

With a contentious and current subject, William Nicholson’s play sparked quite a debate.

17 October BBC Leeds   no rating
20 October What’s On Stage Hannah Giles ****
21 October The Stage Ben East no rating
21 October The Telegraph Dominic Cavendish ***
21 October The Public Reviews Audrey Pointer ***1/2
21 October The Guardian Lyn Gardner **
22 October The Times Libby Purves ****
22 October Yorkshire Post   ****
22 October The Daily Mail Patrick Marmion ***
25 October The Northern Echo Steve Pratt no rating
25 October What’s On in Leeds   no rating
28 October Yorkshire Evening Post   no rating
30 October Review from Horizon – the Blake’s 7 Appreciation Society Clare Juland no rating
31 October The Observer Clare Brennan no rating
2 November The York Press Charles Hutchinson no rating
undated The British Theatre Guide Ray Brown ***1/2

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