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Pick Me Up Theatre The Goat

25-29 February  2020


Written  by

Edward Albee

Directed by

Mark Hird

Producer/Set design

Robert Readman


Adam Moore


Sam Johnson

Prop creation

Elanor Kitchen


Fangfoss Pottery



Bryan Bounds


Susannah Baines


Will Fealy


Mick Liversidge


@41monkgate, York

Pick Me Up's northern UK premiere of Edward Albee's controversial award-winning play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, was a huge hit with critics and audiences at York's 41 Monkgate. 


The cast – Bryan Bounds as goat-loving  Martin Gray, Susannah Baines as wife Stevie, Will Fealy as 17-year-old son Billy, and Mick Liversidge as best friend Ross – had audiences howling with laughter and gasping in shock as the play moved from situation comedy to situation tragedy

Martin's world is starting to fall apart. Bryan Bounds and Will Fealy (Billy) in Edward Albee’s The Goat


Here are just some of the things reviewers and audiences said about the production:

"Albee’s The Goat is terrific. A powerful, funny, tragic, deeply affecting drama, drawn from a consistently talented cast by Mark Hird's nuanced direction. Hugely recommended."


“This is unmissable for every theatrical reason … the cast is as one in their delivery of this ground-breaking work”


“A tremendous example of ensemble playing”

Stevie is struggling to deal with the inconceivable. Susannah Baines in Edward Albee’s The Goat

The cast are superb … the play is in masterful hands”

“I can only recommend that you see this play immediately. It is rare to get a production of this calibre in York.”

Martin's struggling to remember things – Bryan Bounds and Susannah Baines in Edward Albee's The Goat

"An exceptional piece of theatre".

​"An absolute joy ... such a brave choice of play to put on in York. Brilliant direction, design and performances. More of this sort of thing!"

"A pitch-perfect production"

How does a 17-year-old deal with the news his dad is having sex with a goat?! Will Fealy as Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat

"Breathtakingly audacious"

"Excellent production, darkly comic writing, terrific performances and extremely thought provoking"

"Some of the best dramatic writing I have seen in York for some time"

Ross arrives to interview Martin – and hear his confession. Mick Liversidge in Edward Albee's The Goat

"Pitch-perfect! What a treat to be able to see such quality theatre right on our doorstep. Brilliant and shocking!"

"Where's the therapy room?" (audience member after the performance)


"Jesus!" (audience member during the performance)

Billy asks his dad: “What shall I tell my school friends?” Will Fealy and Bryan Bounds in Edward Albee’s The Goat.

York Mix reviewer Ian Giles said: "Managing comedy’s shift towards tragedy is very tricky and this company makes it look easy under Mark Hird’s sensitive and unobtrusive direction. Bryan Bounds and Susannah Baines are superb as the warring couple. They are ably supported by Mick Liversidge as Ross and Will Fealy (a name to watch for the future) as Billy. 


Charles Hutchinson said in his review:  "Hird’s cast avoids histrionics; instead the rise and fall and rise again of anger, hurt, confusion, love, is far more skilfully played by one and all, pulling the audience this way and that.


"Will Fealy, such a burgeoning talent that he has just been offered an unconditional place at Arts.Ed in London, conveys all the confusions of illusions being shattered, certainties derailed, while dealing with his own sexual awakening."

Susannah Baines as Stevie destroys a vase specially made for The Goat by Fangfoss potter Gerry Grant


The audience were up close with the Gray family as Stevie set about destroying everything in the living room, including beautiful vases, plates and bowls made specially by Gerry Grant of Fangfoss Pottery and fired in a way to ensure they broke easily and had no sharp shards.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? was a big hit with audiences when it opened on Broadway in 2002 – and went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play, 40 years after Albee won the same award for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Photos by Matthew Kitchen Photography

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