The 60s cultural renaissance with A Kind of Loving

The novel A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow has become a classic in its depiction of relationships between men and women at the beginning of the 60s and now Bang Theatre is staging playwright John Godber’s new adaptation at The Jack Studio Theatre. Grey Swan was asked to photograph the production.

With the publication of his novel A Kind of Loving in 1960, writer Stan Barstow became one of the key voices of that era and in a cultural renaissance in British life. Telling the story of 20-year old Victor Brown from a working-class West Yorkshire town and his relationship with Ingrid Rothwell, a young typist in the factory where he works, Barstow examined the different attitudes which men and women had to love at that time. And how much can we learn today by looking back? It’s a question that you think about as you watch director Elizabeth Elstub’s production for Bang Theatre.

“How can you think you’ve found so much and suddenly wake-up and find you’ve found nothing at all?”

Grey Swan had taken the production photos for Bang Theatre’s previous show at The Jack Studio Theatre, Killed: 17th July 1916 – a poignant piece about 360 men who were shot in the First World War – and we were delighted to be asked back to shoot the dress rehearsal for A Kind of Loving. You can see a selection of our images here.


Adam Goodbody, Courtney Buchner, David Kerr, Maggie Robson, Annabelle Green, John Chisham, Josh Husselbee, Simon Chappell, David East, Oliver Leigh, and Hana Kelly make up the 11-strong cast and deliver excellent performances.


Bang Theatre’s A Kind of Loving launches North meets South an ongoing exploration of Northern writers’ novels, plays and films, past, present and future. We look forward to what they produce next.