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Seared Productions in association with Theatre503 present…

Years Of Sunlight

by Michael McLean

Ending 18 Feb

Tues– Sat 19:45


Sat Matinees Pay What You Can 11th & 18th at 15:00

Wed Matinees £10 8th & 15th at 15:00

Runtime: 75 minutes (no interval)



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‘the new writing year has begun.’ Aleks Sierz

‘McLean has something of the talent of Robert Holman…for capturing the small intimacies of daily life’ The Guardian

‘a touching portrait of a lifelong friendship’ WhatsOnStage


‘I told you it’d happen. In this town. It’d come to fruition. It’s like rivers of blood with Scousers’

Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Haunted by memories of his closest friend Emlyn, Paul returns to the ashes of his childhood home in a Liverpool overspill estate and implores his mother to leave it all behind. Envisaged by the government as “social utopias” in the 1960s, towns like Skelmersdale promised visionary housing and opportunities for thousands of Liverpudlians uprooted from their overcrowded city.

Traversing a 30-year friendship, Years of Sunlight is a haunting cry for those left feeling shipwrecked from their old communities and abandoned by the post-industrial political system.

About the company

Seared (production company of actor Alex Waldmann) returns with its first world première in London following critically acclaimed sell-out revivals of ‘Brimstone and Treacle’ and ‘Home’ at the Arcola Theatre. Michael McLean was a member of Liverpool Everyman Young Writers Group, Paines Plough/Channel 4 Future Perfect Scheme, and the Royal Court Invitation Group.


Director – Amelia Sears

Designer – Polly Sullivan

Lighting – Joshua Pharo

Sound – Elena Pena

Photograph – by Stephen McCoy from series Skelmersdale 1984


John Biggins – Bob

Bryan Dick – Emlyn

Miranda Foster – Hazel

Mark Rice-Oxley – Paul