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Season 2019: Comedians

Comedians
 
by Trevor Griffiths
 
First performed in 1975, Trevor Griffiths’ ground-breaking play Comedians raised important questions about society, the nature of comedy, social class and racial stereotyping. It revealed the disturbing reality behind mainstream comedy which at the time largely consisted of racist and sexist jokes, typified by the hit ITV programme ‘The Comedians’. 
Set in a Manchester evening class run by aging ex-music hall comic Eddie Waters, the play follows the progress of six would-be comedians, desperate to make a name for themselves on the professional circuit. They are about to perform at a working men’s club in front of an agent who can offer them a way in to fame and fortune. In an era when sexism and racism were the norm, how low will the lads go to win success?
Our production of this astonishing play will be as true to the original performance as we can get. By staging it in this way we will be asking how much attitudes have really changed in the last 43 years.
Please note: The play contains frequent swearing and foul language. It also contains language and attitudes which are now socially unacceptable but were current at the time.
A Workington Playgoers Production - Part of the Season Ticket
 
Show Details
Performance: 7:30pm
Running Time: 2.5hrs with intermission
Date: Tues 15th – Sat 19th October 2019

Tickets:
Adults £11.50
Concessions £10.50
 

Season 2019: Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s
Swallows and Amazons
 
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
 
Presented by kind permission of Nick Hern Books
 
Arthur Ransome's much-loved children's classic, set in the Lake District, is brought thrillingly to life in Helen Edmundson's wonderful theatrical adaptation.
When John, Susan, Titty and Roger are granted their wish to set sail on their beloved boat Swallow, they know it will be the summer holiday of a lifetime. But their adventures truly begin when they encounter Nancy and Peggy (the self-proclaimed Amazon Pirates) and the dastardly Captain Flint.
‘genuinely inventive and encourages the audience to use their imagination’ Telegraph
 
Show Details
Doors open: 6.30pm
Performance: 7.00pm
Running Time: To be announced
Date: Thurs 31st October – Sat 2nd November 2019

Tickets:
Adults £7
Concessions £5

 

Season 2019: The Vicar of Dibley

The Vicar of Dibley
 
Playgoers, Shows
 
by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter
adapted from the original TV series
by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.
With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions
 
 
This hilarious play (adapted from the popular 1990s TV comedy) is set in the sleepy village of Dibley, where the elderly local vicar has just died and the parish council members, led by their pompous, opinionated chairman David Horton, are waiting to greet his replacement. They are definitely not expecting anyone like Geraldine Granger – ‘a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom’! Nevertheless, kind-hearted, fun-loving Geraldine (aided by pea-brained verger Alice Tinker) sets out to win over the oddball inhabitants of Dibley while staying true to herself.
Although female vicars are no longer considered particularly unusual, the play’s humour has remained fresh, partly thanks to the wonderfully eccentric characters who make up Geraldine’s congregation. Don’t miss this show, which will definitely put you in a festive mood in the run-up to Christmas!
 
A Workington Playgoers Production - Part of the Season Ticket
 
Show Details
Performance: 7:30pm
Running Time: 2.5hrs with intermission
Date: Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th December 2019

Tickets:
Adults £11.50
Concessions £10.50
 

Season 2019: How to Spot an Alien

How to Spot an Alien
By Georgia Christou


Presented by kind permission of Nick Hern Books

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother, Jonjo, have their suspicions. She won’t let them leave the house – or ask questions. And she definitely won't let them in the attic.
Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space, full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.
First produced in 2018 by Paines Plough in a co-production with Theatr Clwyd, Georgia Christou’s play is ideal for children aged five and upwards.
Take this opportunity to introduce your children to the magic of live theatre, performed by talented young Cumbrian actors aged 8 to 18.

Show Details
Doors open: 6.30pm
Performance: 7.00pm
Running Time: To be announced
Date: 
Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th May 2020

Tickets:
Adults £7
Concessions £5


Not part of the Season Ticket