The Torchbearers



Award winning poet and dramatist Simon Armitage captures our extraordinary relationship to the Olympic flame in this years Free Thinking Drama transmitted live from the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Ray - Kevin Whately

Paula - Julie Hesmondhalgh

Chloe - Phillippa Wilson

Spencer - Chris Connell

Colin - Mark Benton

Director: Kate Rowland

Kevin Whately (star of ITV's Inspector Morse and Lewis) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (best known as Hailey Cropper in Coronation Street) lead the cast in a new drama written for Free Thinking by award winning writer and poet Simon Armitage to be broadcast live in front of an audience in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In the aftermath of the Olympic Games, The Torchbearers tells the stories of four people whose lies and obsessions come within touching distance of the eternal flame.

Can an illness be cured? Can a death be undone? Can the past start haunting the present? As their loved ones struggle to cope with their lies, a blazing torch passes through their world and changes things forever as strangers meet in unexpected places.