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The Kneebone Cadillac

by Carl Grose. United Downs is a little known area of Cornwall with derelict engine-houses, vast scrap yards and apocalyptic dumping grounds. It is also the home of the legendary Boneshaker Stock Car Races. Scrap dealer Jed Kneebone has left his prized 1956 Cadillac Eldorado, to his children. When one of them decides to enter it in the Boneshaker the family are set on a collision course.

Maddy...Alex Tregear
Slick...Carl Grose
Dwight...Ed Gaughan
Hooper Munroe...Charles Barnecut
Phylis Vanloo...Amanda Lawrence
Ennis...Joseph Kloska

Directed by Claire Grove

The Kneebones have hard lives, weird vehicles and a love of Country and Western music. When scrap dealer Jed Kneebone dies his three children are left in serious trouble. Could the legendary Boneshaker Stock Car Races be the answer? The Kneebone Cadillac is a wry Cornish comedy about family, death, love and hope by outstanding Cornish writer Carl Grose.

The United Downs Stock Car Races near St Day in Cornwall really does exist. Lots of old bangers, armoured trucks and souped-up hearses enter the Blockbuster . The play takes a little license in terms of the prize-money but everything else is for real. And the Kneebone Cadillac has a predominantly Cornish cast including Amanda Lawrence (Government Inspector, Young Vic), Ed Gaughan (Bafta nominated film Skeletons) and Charles Barnecut and Carl Grose from Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Carl Grose co-wrote award-winning Tristan and Iseult for Kneehigh/National Theatre, Cymbeline for Kneehigh/RSC and Hansel & Gretel for Kneehigh/Bristol Old Vic. Carl's 49 Donkeys Hanged for R3's Wire slot was one of the standout listens of 2009; stylistically bold and darkly humorous. Gargantua for the BT Connections was at National Theatre in July 2011 and Wild Bride for Kneehigh Theatre Company opens in August. He is currently working on new plays for the RSC and Plymouth Theatre Royal.

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