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One for the Road is coming down to Victoria Hall

Lifestyle / Wed 26th Aug 2015 at 07:14am

One for the RoadTAKE two real life married couples, add four characters who are working class social climbers desperate to get their fingertips on the next rung of the ladder, mix together with Willy Russell’s sharp, incisive and hilarious script and allow to simmer over the summer and the result is Thompson Promotions’ production of ‘One For The Road’, a hilarious comedy that is about as near to farce that Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) has come.

Set in the 1980s in the living room of the Cain residence, the story follows Pauline, who spends a lot of her time doing her damnest to keep up with the Joneses (aka her smug neighbours Jane and Roger Fuller) and her poor husband Dennis, who is trying to come to terms with how his once exciting life has panned out. As poor Dennis’ midlife crisis blossoms on the eve of his 40th birthday, what has the making of quite a melancholy storyline (as he reminisces about days gone by) is injected with plenty of funny moments as Jane and Roger are more than preoccupied trying to find out the identity of a garden vandal, and their dynamic as the “perfect” couple becomes unravelled.

Throughout the play there is some underlying social commentary about stale marriages, hypocrisy and the acquisitive society.  No genuine comedy could exist without some truth and in ‘One for the Road’ Willy Russell does not fail to provide this, but in the main aim is, as always, the laughter.

This production, which runs from Thursday 24th until Saturday 26th September at The Victoria Hall Theatre with Jim Thompson in the lead role of Dennis Cain who is a prankster, a mimic and occasional poet, uses wisecracks as a weapon in an effort to evade the death that can overtake a life which has every comfort except that of individuality and fulfilment. Wendy Parsley takes on the role of Dennis’ less than emphatic wife Pauline. Jim’s real wife of 5 months, Jane Thompson, plays the role of the snobbish neighbour Jane; hell bent on interfering in everyone else’s life, diagnosing Dennis’ problem as sexual at root. Her husband (played by Wendy’s real life husband Richard Parsley) Roger thinks Dennis problems revolve around “hump-wish”.

Putting a vivid light on dull suburbia Willy Russell manages to be hilarious and unusually sympathetic at the same time in a play that promises the perfect antidote to beat the impending autumn blues.

This production is sponsored by local firm Harlow Fencing and tickets can be bought online at www.tpromotions.ticketsource.co.uk or by calling 0333 666 3366.

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