Simon Stephens' explosive play

Rage was written as a counterpoint for Elfriede Jelinek's Wut. Composed as 31 high-energy scenes, each one is based on a series of photos by Joel Goodman which captured the excitement and the mayhem of New Year's Eve 2015/16 in Manchester city centre. Published in the Manchester Evening News the photos quickly went viral in capturing a vital cross-section of a country on the edge. As the clock strikes twelve the celebratory mood turns into violence, racism, marriage proposals and the opening of portals. Enter the madness and get whisked into the hedonism of youth. Rage premiered at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg in Autumn 2016 and had its UK premiere at the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama in 2018.

Casting is now open.

Email info@now-theatre.org to find our how to be part of this production.


  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 4th April
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 18th April
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 18th April
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 25th April
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 2nd May
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 9th May
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 16th May
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Sunday 17th May
  • 19.00 - 21.00  Friday 22nd May
  • 10.00 - 18.00  Saturday 23rd May
  • Tech:  17:00 - 22:00  Sunday 24th May
  • Dress:  17:00 - 22:00  Monday 25th May
  • Preview:  Tuesday 26th May
  • Opening night:  Wednesday 27th May
  • Shows 3:  Thursday 28th May
  • Shows 4:  Friday 29th May
  • Shows 5:  Saturday 30th May

Meet the Cast



Who would you like to be?

Casting for this show is open now. If you want to take part email info@now-theatre.org

Meet the Team


Simon Wegrzyn


Simon Wegrzyn is an Award Winning Director and Writer.

He has worked in the TV & Film industry for 4 years, specifically in Comedy and Drama, and in the Theatre industry since 2010.

His most known work is TV comedy Filcher & Crook, a Mighty Fine Production for Channel 4 Comedy Blaps. It starred Tim Downie (BBC Upstart Crow, Channel 4 Toast of London) and Emily Joyce (BBC My Hero, Channel 4 Friday Night Dinner).

Simon was the writer and director of LGBTQ+ short film Hold Hands or Hide. The film introduces the lasting psychological effects of hate crime victimisation and has reaped worldwide success with many awards including Best Writer, Best LGBT Short, and Best Short Film.

Simon also directed The Revenge of Anubis, a comedy radio play written by Tim Downie for BBC Radio recorded live at Ealing Studios.

As a Theatre Director his work includes; Cleansed, Love and Information, The Tempest, Buckets, Animal Farm, and Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for the City Academy Actors Company at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton. Theatre Director work also includes Sleeping Beauty at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Alice in Wonderland at The Castle Wellingborough, A Cup of Tea with Death at the Roundhouse in Camden, and The Comedy of Errors at the Cockpit Theatre.


Roland Kay


Roland is honoured to be producing his second production with NOW! Theatre. He is passionate about giving people the freedom to explore outside of the bounds of everyday life through theatre and to run with scissors, like your mother always told you not to.


Louise Lilja

Assistant Director

Louise Lilja has been acting since childhood in her native country of Sweden and made her London stage debut in 2019, performing the role of Freya in NOW! Theatre's production of Earthquakes in London. She works as an extra in her spare time and can for example be seen in the movie The Kingsman. Louise’s interest in nature and sustainability led a position in a Norwegian consultancy where she specialises in Experience Design. She has a keen interest in people and animals alike, which has made her get involved in several charities globally.


Liz Love

Associate Producer

Liz has welcomed the opportunity to combine her business experience with her love of theatre. With a background in marketing and start-up companies, she has found the new challenges of helping to put together this production for NOW! Theatre both exciting and a fabulous learning curve. She is looking forward to many more productions in the future!