Massive Owl

Castle Rock

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as part of WTF

In Brief

As flashing neon lights descend upon the tracks, a boxing-gloved boy with a death wish comes head to head with a white locomotive.
Stephen King meets David Lynch in a distortion of Stand By Me

See their trailer.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: Pay What You Decide on the evening — we suggest you book a free ticket in advance to ensure you get a space; please collect by 7.45pm or it may be re-allocated.
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000

Access Information

Age advisory: parental/guardian discretion. With no interval, the show lasts approximately 60 minutes. Warning: includes flashing imagery + loud noise. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


As flashing neon lights descend upon the tracks, a boxing-gloved boy with a death wish comes head to head with a white suited locomotive and a deer in black patent stilettos.

A new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation Stand By Me — expect distorted sound, movement and projection as Massive Owl contort the book’s characters and twist the film’s soundtrack into a reimagined story about loss and acceptance. Welcome to Castle Rock

Who are they?

A Bristol-based collaborative performance company making cinematic work that sits between theatre and live art, Massive Owl tell stories and in the process challenge how a story can look, sound and feel.

Founded in 2009 by Adrian Spring, Danny Prosser, Richard Mowbray + Sam Powell whilst studying at Dartington College of Arts/Falmouth University, they are currently Danny Prosser, Jenny Duffy + Sam Powell.

Making and touring work across the UK and internationally — most notably the Barbican (London), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Mayfest (Bristol) — they have also run workshops at various UK universities and are associate artists of Live Collision + members of Interval artist collective.

What people have said about them

The performance work they create sits somewhere between physical theatre and live art, with their ability to ‘story-tell’ through the most minimal of means making their work both complex and accessible.
Kate Craddock, Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT).

Castle Rock at The Lowry was a creative tourist top theatre pick; profiled in City Life/Manchester Evening News + Lovin Manchester articles about WTF Wednesday’s; reviewed by Edwina McEachran + North West End.


Performed + devised by Jenny Duffy, Sam Powell + Danny Prosser.
Additional music by Sammy Metcalfe/Sleepwalk Collective.
Trailer by Adam Stocker/Mighty Colour Films.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Barbican, Bristol Ferment, The Edge/ICIA (Bath), The Island, Arnolfini (Bristol) and partners in Ireland: Project Arts Centre, Live Collision, Fringe Lab + British Council (Ireland). With special thanks to Jane Duffy.
Header image: Paul Samuel White

Websites | @Massive_Owl | #CastleRock | M.O. on Facebook
WTF Wednesday’s at The Lowry

Performance Programme Spring 2017

Wed 25 Jan, 8pm. Pay What You Decide | Part of WTF at The Lowry
Castle Rock
Thu 16 Feb, 6-9pm. Free | Thursday Lates at the Whitworth during Queer Contact 2017
(I Could Go On Singing)
Over The Rainbow
(Wed 1 Mar, 8pm sold-out.) Pay What You Decide | Part of WTF at The Lowry
A Machine They're Secretly Building
(Thu 16 + Fri 17 sold-out) Sat 18 Mar, 7.30pm. £12/10 | The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre
Cock and Bull
Sat 1 Apr, 12noon-4pm. Free | Z-arts
Haphazard 2017