Liverpool, 1989. Greg is fourteen. He hates school. Girls are weird. Liverpool FC are everything.

Bottleneck is a coming-of-age story through the eyes of a young boy growing up on ‘The Boot’ in Liverpool. Greg kills time causing mischief with his best friend Tom, arguing with Dad and running away from the bizzies, all while trying to get his hands on a ticket for the upcoming Liverpool FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.

The story takes you on a journey of friendship, adventure, mischief and tragedy.

Life will change for Greg, and for his city, forever.

★★★★ “Essential theatre with a devastating twist.”- Liverpool Echo

Please note this performance contains a scene some audience members may find upsetting.


About the Company

Hiding Place Theatre & Luke Barnes

With other previous titles including ‘Chapel Street’ and ‘Eisteddfod’, Luke Barnes is a writer from Merseyside. Luke champions youth theatre and is an advocate for working class theatre and arts accessibility. He works closely with National Theatre’s nationwide youth festival, Connections and his play ‘The Sad Club’ will be performed by the New Vic Youth Theatre in February.

His latest show ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’ was very well received, finishing its first run in November 2018 at the Bush Theatre.