Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down

Mon 21 Jan - Wed 23 Jan, The Lowry Studio

In a small south Yorkshire town in the 1960’s, against the backdrop of the women’s liberation movement, through the interwoven narratives of Lynette Jodie and Ruby, this powerful play unfolds. Lynette is a young wife, caught between a Christian duty to her husband and a longing for her lost innocence. Jodie, a young girl affected by a childhood trauma, is trying to make a new life for herself but is troubled by memories of the past. Ruby attempts to reconcile her two lives, as a single mother and a frustrated mistress.

Richard Cameron’s award-winning play is a powerful portrait of the strength, perseverance and humour of three individuals, struggling to come to terms with their situations. Music from the 1960s and film is used to tell this moving, witty and compelling story.

Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down contains depictions of domestic violence.

And here’s a musical taster from the cast…

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Ticket Details

All tickets £8/6


See ANY show in re:play Festival and get another half price (saving £4/£3 conc) plus entrance to our New Script Night for only £2.

Tickets are available to book online or via The Lowry Box Office on 0843 208 6000.


The Lowry Studio

Pier 8
Salford Quays

M50 3AZ

Box Office: 0843 208 6010

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.

More information on The Lowry can be found here


  • Lynette: Esther Dix
  • Jodie: Edwina Lea
  • Ruby: Lucia Cox

Creative Team

  • Writer: Richard Cameron
  • Director: Lucy Allan
  • Designer: Sarah Hill

Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down offers the three performers time and space to fully explore their acting range, with sometimes very powerful effect.

The Public Reviews

The real power came from the actors themselves… Very clever, haunting and thought-provoking.

Creative Boom

The actors give strong, gripping performances and the narrative is full of tension.

Remote Goat

I left the Lowry Studio’s intimate space with much to reflect on during my snowy drive home.

GQ Central

Sensitively directed and beautifully performed, this production is profoundly touching and thought provoking… The piece as a whole is brilliantly pitched

Megan Griffith, theatre director and reviewer.

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