2018 – 2019 Season
‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright
Saturday 29th September 2018 to Saturday 6th October 2018
Taking place over the course of one evening in a typical Northern pub, Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’ famously features fourteen diverse characters played by just two actors, as various members of the local community pull up a stool and let us into their lives. Written in 1989 but still astonishingly real today, this much performed yet no less loved two-hander by the celebrated Lancastrian playwright waltzes the audience through a spectrum of human emotion, weaving a rich tapestry of life in a working class town through intimate insights into the lives of the colourful pub regulars. A bickering husband and wife and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub in an evening are played by two actors. Each vignette skillfully combines pathos and humor. When a little boy is left behind by his father, a fragile reconciliation occurs as their own dark tragedy is revealed.Characters (1m 1f) Actor 1 Actor 2
‘Come Blow Your Horn’ by Neil Simon
Saturday 17th November 2018 to Saturday 24th November 2018
The play tells the story of a young man’s decision to leave the home of his parents for the bachelor pad of his older brother who leads a swinging ’60s lifestyle. Buddy is a 21-year-old virgin and his older brother Alan is a ladies’ man. Alan lives in an apartment in the East Sixties, New York City. But as the play progresses Alan discovers real feelings for one of the many women with whom he is currently sleeping and when she elects to leave him, he falls apart in response. This contrasts Alan’s hunger for companionship with Buddy’s
metamorphosis into a ladies’ man himself. The playwright points out the fundamental spiritual and emotional emptiness of the playboy lifestyle for which the younger sibling desperately yearns.
Characters (3m 3f) Alan Baker, Peggy Evans, Buddy Baker, Mr. (Father) Baker, Connie, Mrs. (Mother) Baker
‘Hindle Wakes’ by Stanley Houghton
Saturday 9th March 2019 to Saturday 16th March 2019
The play is set in the fictional mill town of Hindle in Lancashire in England, and concerns two young persons, Fanny Hawthorn and Alan Jeffcote, who are discovered to have been having what would now be called a “dirty weekend” during their holiday, during the town’s wakes week. Class is a major plot point in the play; Fanny is a mill-hand in the factory owned by Alan’s father and their respective fathers once worked together before Mr Jeffcote senior rose to owning a mill, while Mr Hawthorn continued as a mill worker. After initial reluctance on the part of Mr Jeffcote senior, and the outright opposition of his wife (who suspects Fanny of being a gold-digger), the families pressure the couple to get married. Greatly to the surprise of everyone (including Alan) Fanny refuses. She makes it clear that she regarded the dalliance with Alan as “a bit of fun” and considers him a poor choice for a husband. She is disowned by her people but expresses confidence that her skills as a weaver will allow her to support herself in the future.
Characters (4m 5f) Mrs Hawthorn, Christopher Hawthorn, Fanny Hawthorn, Mrs Jeffcote, Nathaniel Jeffcote, Alan Jeffcote, Sir Timothy Farrar, Beatrice Farrar, Ada the Maid
‘Summer End’ by Eric Chappell
Saturday 11th May to Saturday 18th May 2019
Emily Baines and May Brewer share a room in a retirement home. Emily’s previous room-mate, Bella, died not long ago. Iron-willed but forgetful, Emily is certain that Bella was murdered by one of the carers, and she has evidence to prove it. When her evidence disappears and Bella’s sapphire ring is found among her possessions Emily cannot remember enough about her own past actions to stop the finger of suspicion pointing at her. It is not until May is attacked that the mystery is solved.
Characters (1m 4f) Emily Baines, May Brewer, Sally, Mrs Lang, Alan Baines