Show must go on for writers as they take to the stage

John Godber and Wife Jane Thornton come to Scarborough for their latest play adaptions.Picture Richard Ponter 122430c

John Godber and Wife Jane Thornton come to Scarborough for their latest play adaptions.Picture Richard Ponter 122430c

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Playwrights John Godber and Jane Thornton took to the stage to perform their new plays Lost and Found on the first two nights at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Due to a cast change 48 hours before the shows opened, the two writers stepped up to perform the plays as rehearsed readings, providing the audience with a unique opportunity to see the pieces performed by their authors.

For personal reasons Julie Higginson is unable to appear in Lost and Found and Jacky Naylor will now star alongside Matthew Booth, a regular contributor to Godber’s prodcutions, in the plays from Friday.

Lost by Jane Thornton and directed by Chris Monks tells the story of a couple whose fifty year old marriage has run aground and love lost by the sea.

Found written and directed by John Godber is a biting modern comedy about holiday jobs, nights on the town and surfing.

Set in Scarborough, the two short plays about two couples stand alone and are interconnected.

“We wanted to write two plays set in Scarborough as over tine we’ve become fans of the town and especially the theatre,” said Godber.

“The two plays can be enjoyed separately or as a double bill with twice the meaning,” he said.

Scarborough audiences are familiar with Godber’s work as Hull Truck, the theatre company he was artistic director until 18 months ago, is a regular visitor to the Stephen Joseph.

His new Wakefiled-based company has also visited the venue.

His wife said: “The plays echo each other in that one relationship has existed for years and another is very new.”

The two plays will be the third premiere for the Stephen which has a reputation for championing new writing.

Fiona Evans’ Geordie Sinatra, about the onset of Alzheimer’s, enjoyed a run there earlier this year.

Its former artistic director Alan Ayckbourn will open his 76th play, Surprises, there later this month.

Lost and Found runs in the McCarthy studio at various dates and times until September.