it was only on for two days, so the chances are you've missed
this funny, moving and at times uncomfortable night in a northern
pub. Set in a realistic old-fashioned pub you can almost smell the
smoke and taste the Boddingtons. Bliss!
Stageworks Theatre Co presents this award winning play starring
Toni Griffiths and Adrian Monahan. Their acting ability is stretched
to the limit as they take on fourteen characters between them.
series of monologues and duologues allow for the many costume changes,
which add to the eccentricity of these ordinary folk. Occasionally,
speaking directly to the audience, we are quickly drawn into their
fascinating and strange lives.
know them; you've overheard their weird conversations. You've seen
them and often avoided them out of fear or embarrassment. There's
the old woman supping her nightly Guinness before returning to care
for her bedridden husband. The couple of Elvis fans taking a break
from listening to their records. The old widower imagining the caress
of his late wife and the little lad left behind by his dad.
the evening the landlord and the landlady cheerfully serve their
mainly invisible customers with the occasional snide comment to
each other. They use imaginary glasses, a good thing considering
how many get broken. Just what is their terrible secret?
plays a large part in the dating game; it's plain to see that some
couples, like their drinks have settled. What keeps them together?
The deluded ladies man and his put upon girlfriend, the abusive
soccer hooligan and his terrified wife, the woman who longs for
a change of husband, even the other woman looking to break up a
Bitter, or Stout love takes many forms. What's your pleasure?
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