SHOWS – 2019!

Ladies’ Day

29 March – 13 April

Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington. Directed by John ten Velde

Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as they do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races. Glamour puss Shelley is interested in meeting a handsome, and preferably rich, man. Linda, on the other hand, is skint after letting her duplicitous mother back into her life. Pearl spills the beans on her illicit love life to devoted single mother, Jan, who is concerned for her academically ambitious daughter. As the girls guzzle champagne they come across a variety of characters from an arrogant TV pundit to a sensitive jockey. They place the odd bet too and if their luck holds, they could just hit the jackpot.

After Dinner

14 June – 29 June

After Dinner by Andrew Bovell. Directed by Geraldine Broderick (Dark Comedy)

A pub bistro on a Friday night.  Three office workers – Dymphie, who needs to control everything, Paula, who lets her, and the recently widowed Monika, are desperately seeking a good night out.  At an adjoining table sit Gordon, recently abandoned by his wife, and Stephen, looking for something more than the usual one night stand.  As the night proceeds, inhibitions and social restraint are abandoned, exposing the foibles, pain and humour of the characters inner lives. It is an acutely observed but tender-hearted account of relationships and behaviour.

Last Legs

6 – 21 September

Last Legs by Roger Hall. Directed by Julie Lankshear

Last Legs is the latest entertainment from the popular playwright Roger Hall. He’s back with a ( cardio)arresting comedy. There’s nothing retiring about a retirement village, and aging is not merely about Bridge and Bedpans. This is a lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irristible appeal to the bold of heart.

Stepping Out

29 November – 14 December

Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Directed by Sarah Oemcke and Daniel Urrizaga
Noises Off. Called “the funniest comedy ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.