Page extent: 64
ISBN: 9781849434379
Binding: PaperBack


Luke Barnes


Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and it wasn’t very nice so I think I am a virgin. I’m going to say I am. Will look better on me uni applications.

Liverpool, 1989. Greg is thirteen. He has just started secondary school. He earns pocket money sweeping up hair in a barbers. Girls are aliens. Liverpool FC are everything. Edinburgh, 2012. Greg has an extraordinary story to tell you. Bottleneck is a vibrant coming‐of‐age story about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. It is about a notorious city; Liverpool. How the outside worlds views it. And how it views the outside world.

Botleneck was first presented by HighTide Festival Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, August 1 2012, directed by Steven Atkinson.

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ISBN13 9781849434379
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 64


'An explosive tale of the tricky journey to manhood… [Luke Barnes] emerges from this year’s Fringe as a red-hot writing talent to watch.' Independent

‘An impressive emerging talent… in its strongest moments, it completely engrosses. Its climax is an eye-watering account of the terrifying events of that day from the point of view of a boy whose life is irrevocably changed thereafter. This is poignant, unflinching stuff.’ Daily Telegraph 

‘This coming-of-age tale, set in Liverpool 1989, is full of verve and fizz… It's a simple and moving story, but Barnes crams it with detail about working-class scouse life’ – Guardian

‘The mood darkens convincingly throughout Luke Barnes’s piece as a world of innocence is shattered irrevocably’ Evening Standard

‘An all-too-familiar scar becomes lived experience… it pops with vivid, expressionist details’ Financial Times

'Devastating and complex. The writing is nuanced and intelligent… urgent, fresh, full of rage… razor-sharp writing… [a] furious snarl of a play' Exuent