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A bittersweet play set in a northern pub will offer laughter and tears aplenty

Stewart Grant (Landlord) and Joan Hetherington (Landlady) rehearsing ‘Two’ at the Theatre Royal (Chris Lewis Photography)

‘Two’, by Jim Cartwright, is Workington Playgoers’ next production. They are currently putting the finishing touches to the show to ensure that whoever comes to see this bitter-sweet play will see an excellent example of amateur theatre.

The play centres round a pub in the north of England. The Landlord and Landlady have their own story to tell. However, the two actors who play these characters also play all the customers who come to the pub in one busy evening – each with their own story to tell. Some of these characters will provoke laughter, as well as tears.

Beryl Ballance, director, says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed directing ‘Two’. it is now three and a half years since I directed ‘Tommy’s Story’, so I was ready to get going again. Jim Cartwright is a wonderful writer – his characters are perfectly drawn – and ‘Two’ is no exception. My job has been made much easier because I have two excellent actors in the numerous roles, Stewart Grant and Joan Hetherington. Their years of experience treading the boards really do shine through. Come along and be a fly on the wall and have a good night at the pub!”

‘Two’ is playing at the Theatre Royal, Washington Street, Workington, from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd September at 7.30 pm. Tickets, which can be obtained via the Playgoers website, are £11.50 and £10 concessions. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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