Director Ned Bennett and playwright Alistair McDowall talk all things Pomona.

Listen to director Ned Bennett and playwright Alistair McDowall talk to Dan Rebellato of the National Theatre about the production, POMONA, which opens at the Royal Exchange Theatre 29 October. 

Do you dare step into the gripping and deeply unsettling tale of inner-city lowlife?

POMONA isn’t just an area of Manchester City’s suburbs; in Alistair McDowall‘s dystopian vision, it’s ‘an evil place at the epicentre of some of the darkest and most disturbing fantasies imaginable’.


Trailer ImageOllie’s sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.

POMONA is a sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, writer of Bruntwood Winner BRILLIANT ADVENTURES (Royal Exchange Theatre), TALK SHOW (Royal Court) and CAPTAIN AMAZING (Live Theatre Newcastle).

Returning to director POMONA is Ned Bennett, who has just won the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for Best Director for POMONA, and for YEN (the Royal Exchange Bruntwood winning production, which premiered earlier this year)

* * * * * ‘This is a visually stunning and thoroughly unsettling production, combining great design from Georgia Lowe, a rumbling, tension-laden score and sound design from Giles Thomas, and razor-sharp direction by Ned Bennett. He’s aided by movement director Polly Bennett who has choreographed chases, desperate dashes and journeys into the underworld with great clarity. Fight director Pamela Donald’s beefy punch-ups are also given extra force by the work of lighting designer Elliot Griggs.’




POMONA comes to the Theatre 29 October – 21 November
Standard tickets from £16. Under 30s tickets £12
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online
View the trailer, production photographs and reviews at 

The Royal Exchange Theatre and the University of Manchester presents

Saturday 14 November 12 noon – 12.45pm

POMONA’s director has said that this thrilling play will take on an additional, immediate resonance when it’s performed in the city
in which it is set.
Join the writer Alistair McDowall and theatre academic Dr Rachel Clements (University of Manchester) on the set of the show, for a conversation about the real and imagined POMONA.This event is free but ticketed.Please book via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833 or


Published on:
15 Oct 2015


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