The 2013 – 2014 season at Bolton Little Theatre kicks off with the wickedly observant Willy Russell comedy of suburban malaise, "One for the Road".
Set during the 1980s it finds a frustrated and mischievous Dennis on the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, making a last ditch attempt to break away from the confines of his grindingly mundane middle-class housing estate existence. His wife Pauline meanwhile schemes to keep up with smug neighbours Jane and Roger, who are determined to uncover the culprits responsible for vandalising the estate's garden gnomes. Dennis is approaching his birthday with dread. He feels utterly trapped in the warren of identical roads and dormer bungalows, stifled by all the things that he is supposed to be striving for.
One for the Road is considered by some as Willy Russell’s funniest and most poignant plays. It evokes all the pretentions and aspirations of middle class suburbia of its time; reproduction furniture, cheap Spanish holidays, copious amounts of even cheaper wine and a copy of “The Joy of Sex” on everyone’s glass topped coffee table. Russell wanted at one stage to call the play The Tupperware Man and it’s easy to see why.
One for the Road opens at the Hanover Street theatre on Saturday 13th September and features Kev Walsh, Alison Whittaker, Simon Mott and Charlotte Cain.
Box Office 01204 334400 / 01204 524469 or book online www.boltonlittletheatre.co.uk
With a Smile and a Song is a light-hearted revue of songs, sketches and silliness devised and peformed by BLT stalwarts Jennifer Lee, Sue Gill, June Grice, Glenn Robinson and Harold Smith, ably assisted by Sarah Day at the piano.
A perfect way to start the weekend and all in a good cause as proceeds are going to the BLT Next Generation Building Appeal fund.
Tickets £10 include a glass of wine. Call 01204 469468 or e-mail email@example.com
Casagua Productions present at Bolton Little Theatre
Dear Daughter is the dramatization of a true-life north Manchester story, set against the background of the First World War. The story premieres at Bolton Little Theatre from 7-12 April.
Dear Daughter is based on a memoir written by Flora Jewsbury, not long before her death in 1993 at the age of 89. It tells about a difficult adolescence in North Manchester before and during the First World War. Flora wrote the memoir for her daughter, Edith Lundy, on the condition that it would not be read until after her death. The memoir contains a moving account of a young girl who was placed with a childless couple at a very early age, only to end up becoming a servant for them, later being moved from one house to another, with no real family. The story is ultimately a triumph over adversity.