Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancée. But Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Based on the classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright, Richard Bean.
This play is about the difficult relationships between mothers and daughters and explores themes of independence, growing up and secrets through the lives and relationships of four generations of women: Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie. Their loves, expectations, and choices are set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century. When Jackie falls pregnant with Rosie, without a husband, she is unable to cope and hands over the baby to her mother, Margaret. The play looks at the consequences of this secret and each woman’s opinion on it. The play has a minimalist set and is deliberately unrealistic, including the waste ground scenes where all characters become children.
WITH BLACKBURN AND DARWEN BRASS BAND
Grimley Colliery is set to close as the accountants say there’s more money in it shut than open, even after redundancy payments. It means 1200 job losses, a dying town and the loss of its brass band. But under the leadership of Danny, coughing with coal-dusted lungs, the band is somehow transformed into British champions with local lass, Gloria, whipping up the money needed to get them to the Albert Hall.
Production Genre >> Comedy
The stage adaptation of the television programme takes its source, primarily, from the first two series of the show, aired between 1994 and 1998.
The plot follows the aftermath of the death of the ancient Vicar of Dibley. The villagers are horrified to discover that the Bishop has decided to replace the vicar with a woman! However, eventually they learn to accept her as she learns (and challenges) the steadfast ways of the village. She manoeuvres her way into the hearts of the parishioners and the community in which she lives. The play culminates in the wedding celebration of villagers, Alice Tinker and Hugo Horton. Note: £125 per night licence fees directly to Comic Relief.