Auditions: Two by Jim Cartwright and Directed by Sarah Covill
Auditions for our March 2020 production are taking place at the Playhouse on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th of December.
If you would like to go along and get involved please be at the theatre for 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start.
If you wish to discuss the play further before committing to the auditions please contact Sarah by email at [email protected]
Synopsis of the play
Jim Cartwright’s ‘two-handed’ play ‘Two’ presents a microcosm of working-class life in a Northern local in the 80‘s; a place of failed aspirations and unfulfilled lives which has since been emulated in many comedies most notably, Early Doors. It’s main characters, the Landlord and Landlady, interlace a variety of characters each affected by another specific character, whether we witness both or not. At extremes with each other; he the hands-on money-in-the till manager, she the gossipy heart of the bar, their façade ultimately cracks when a young boy in search of his missing dad appears and they are forced to face the loss of their child years before.
Along the way to their moving admissions of guilt and loss we witness a variety of stock characters; Fred and Alice, a lumpy lovable couple, acceptant of their lot in life and protective of each other. In contract, Roy, inadequate about his manliness, bullies Leslie into never winning situations. An old lady who wonders, after rewarding herself after another day of caring for her invalid husband, when it will all end is juxtaposed with the quiet Old man who is content that his dead wife’s spirit is with him. We see a failing Romeo (Moth) and how his pathetic attempts with the women backfires leaving his girlfriend (Maude) suddenly holding all the cards. Likewise, a woman fed up of being the mistress drunkenly decides to show her hand to her lover's wife whilst on the odd-match up of Mr and Mrs Iger ultimately prove their dependence on each other.
All life is present in this pub; it is the heart of communities, it’s where people celebrate and mourn and throughout this play we are confronted unflinchingly at its weaknesses and darkness with some light, warm and funny moments.