All The Way Home

The Library Theatre Company in association with the Lowry
29th September - 15th October 2011, The Lowry, Quays Theatre
Ayub Khan-Din. Directed by Mark Babych

“That’s what I hate about coming back here…your life isn’t your own…”

An exciting collaboration between the Library Theatre Company and The Lowry, this is the world premiere of a much anticipated new drama by Salford’s Ayub Khan-Din, whose hugely successful work as a stage and screen writer includes East is East; West is West and Rafta, Rafta.

Bonfire Night. Salford in 2002. A disparate group of warring siblings gather at the family home under the shadow of impending loss.

Brian, now a successful photographer, returns to find his family both familiar and unfamiliar. Amidst the cut and thrust of spiky Salford banter, long harboured resentments rise to the surface, and loyalties are tested as family bonds unite and divide, unravel and unwind.

All The Way Home is a deeply emotional comedy drama that explores the relationships we have with our roots, and with those that we love but don’t always understand.

Ticket Details

Tickets £10 – £19.50

Monday eves - all tickets £12

Under 26's Monday eves £10

Pre show talk with director Mark Babych 15th October at 1.30pm. Free to ticket holders.

Contains strong language

Please be aware that there will be smoking on stage during the performance.

BSL, Captions & Audio Described performances are listed in the Dates & Times section.


The Lowry, Quays Theatre

Pier 8
Salford Quays

Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ

The Lowry is our chosen venue for our main season plays whilst we are on the move. We are performing in the intimate setting of the Quays Theatre.
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond. It also has excellent public transport links and is situated in the centre of a vibrant shopping, eating and leisure destination.

Find out more about the getting to The Lowry here


  • Brian: Sean Gallagher
  • Samantha: Naomi Radcliffe
  • Sonia: Julie Riley
  • Aunty Sheila: Judith Barker
  • Janet: Susan Cookson
  • Carol: Kate Anthony
  • Philip: Paul Simpson

Creative Team

  • Director: Mark Babych
  • Designer: Haley Grindle
  • Production Manager: Gareth Roberts
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Liz Horrigan
  • Lighting Technician: Daniel Stuart
  • Deputy Stage Manager: Naomi Hill
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Greg Skipworth
  • Assistant Director: Joshua Azouz
  • Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall
  • Company Stage Manager: Jamie Byron
  • Sound Designer: Paul Gregory
  • Production Administrator: Avril Mason

Truthful, riotously funny and intensely moving, this is the ordinary made luminously lovely; a warts-and-all family portrait that glows with compassion.

The Times

The cast - ably directed by Mark Babych - gives the writing full value, though, teasing out the family's funnier foibles and digging deep into its aching resentments.

The Telegraph

All The Way Home is a poignant tale delivered by hardworking actors and an intelligent script. There really is no excuse not to catch this subtle yet hard-to-forget play.


The acting is strong and the interaction between the family members is both very real and very affecting. All The Way Home is braver than East Is East in that it doesn't leave you with the sense that everything will be all right in this complicated family but both are very funny and equally as engaging.

City Life

…the cast is uniformly excellent, especially Julie Riley as the unfettered and light-fingered ex-junkie Sonia and Susan Cookson as the nice, sensible, unfulfilled Janet, the dependable ying to Sonia's feckless firecracker of a yang.

The Stage

This is a major new play from a well-known playwright premièring in Salford, which in itself makes it worth a look, but it also happens to be well-written, very entertaining and leave the audience with plenty to think about in this excellent production from the Library Theatre.

British Theatre Guide

There are many layers to this play which switches seamlessly from the painfully sad to the outrageously vulgar and highly comic.

Morning Star

Go along and see it, it's a great piece of drama, full of wit and wisdom. Perhaps you will recognise someone, somewhere or something of your own family!

Manchester Salon

What's most impressive about the play is how the dynamic of the family slowly emerges, revealing fault lines, unexpected sympathies, long held but still raw resentments. There are morsels of love and lucky dips of anger hidden behind the skirting boards.

Jildy Sauce blog

The comedy and warmth (even in the insults, even in mourning) draws you in, a combination of script, excellent delivery and a strong director, Mark Babych, who allows the pace to gather and slow when needed (the Sunday lunch scene is fantastic, among others).

Cultural Shenanigans

There's much emotion, light and dark, shown in this production, and as an evening's satisfying entertainment, it cannot be bettered.


All The Way Home touches home in its honest and humorous portrayal of family heartache and reunion.


…all the characters are fully rounded and a joy to watch. The play, directed by Mark Babych, is brilliantly written and brilliantly acted and, while focusing on one family’s struggle, brings our own families into sharp focus.

Oldham Evening Chronicle

The play's strength is its portrayal of sibling bonds. These have been stretched over the years and Frankie's fatal illness forces his brothers and sisters to confront long-held but slightly buried animosities and grudges. Their exchanges are played with strength.

Manchester Confidential

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