Part of Get Shorty

A Northern Stage production in association with imPOSSIBLE Producing and Matthew Schmolle Productions Ltd

Written by Gareth Farr
Adapted for the Screen by Hannah Banister and Zak Harney


After a long period of development with many special and talented people, Shandyland, a story of life, love, death and drink at the heart of a small, northern, family-run pub written by Gareth Farr and directed by Hannah Banister, was due to open at Northern Stage in May 2020, and tour to York Theatre Royal, Oldham Coliseum, and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

Undeterred by the devastation of now being cancelled twice due to COVID, the brilliant team behind Shandyland came together to make a short film to celebrate the play and give us a taster of what is to come.

Through this snapshot of Shandyland - you will meet some of our characters, feel the spirit of the pub where the play is set and get a taste of what makes it so special. It is our hope you love the place, and the people in it, as much as we do. Enjoy.

Shandyland (Pint Size)

There’s a Place…

A love letter to the northern boozer. From Brendan. On Valentine's night in Shandyland. Just like every other night in Shandyland. 

“There’s a place. With a name like a heartbeat”

Content information: contains consumption of alcohol, mild language, moments of violence and distress, and adult themes.

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Cast and Creatives

Shandyland was originally commissioned through the Old Vic 12 and the premiere was due to be co-produced by Northern Stage, Oldham Coliseum, York Theatre Royal, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Matthew Schmolle Productions, imPOSSIBLE Producing, and Greyscale.

This film has been produced by Zak Harney and Hannah Banister with Northern Stage, Matthew Schmolle Productions and imPOSSIBLE Producing.

(In order of appearance)
Brendan: Steve Huison
Sally: Denise Black
Maude: Rebekah Hinds
Al: Bobby Hirston
Amy: Charlotte O’Leary
Faz: Maanuv Thiara
Mark: Casper Grey

Supporting Artists:
Ashleigh Cheadle
Madeleine Penfold
Andrew Fisher

Directed by Hannah Banister and Zak Harney
Director of Photography: Ciaran O’Brien
Steadicam: Jay Coates
Gaffer: Alejandro Restrepo Celis
Spark: Elena Armellini
1st Assistant Camera: Robert Kettmann
Sound recordist: Tom Bartlett
Makeup artist: Emma Malone
Covid Supervisor: Samantha Gruskin
Floor Runner: Ashleigh Cheadle
Stills Photographer: Madeleine Penfold
Edited by: Zak Harney
Composition and sound design: Marcus Rice
Colourist: Ciaran O’Brien
Casting Director: Polly Jerrold

With special thanks to:
Samantha Gruskin, Poppy Stewart, The Pineapple Pub, Joe Karimi-Nik, Kayla Feldman, Anya Sizer, Liz Hind, Rosie Sales, Matt Runham, David Mountford and the Forum of British Pubs. Without whom this film wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you!