One for the Road play marks 10th birthday

One for the Road
One for the Road

Esk Valley Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a production of one of Willy Russell’s lesser known plays, One for the Road.

The four-hander opens at the Robinson Institute, Glaisdale, on Thursday August 7 and runs until Saturday August 30.

Set in the 1980s on the fictional Castlehills housing estate audiences are invited to join Dennis and Pauline Cain in the lounge of their new dormer bungalow.

Their friends Roger and Jane arrive to celebrate Dennis’ birthday and they are awaiting the arrival of his parents. However, Dennis is having a mid-life crisis and wants to escape. Will he ever get out of Castlehills and will his parents ever find their way in?

“It is an excellently crafted play but has been over-looked in recent years in favour of Russell’s better known works like Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers,” said director Mark Stratton. “Like those plays, one of its main themes is escape. This time it is a middle-aged man who wants to escape a world dominated by materialism. It is about him striving to change his life for the better.”

The cast includes Joanne Heywood who was in last year’s production of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She is joined by Laura Bonnah, David Smith and Andy Cryer.

Performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office on: 01947 897587.