By Jim Cartwright
Directed by Tom Wright
Designed by Hannah Sibai
Recommended age 14+ (some adult themes)
Over one evening, we see a microcosm of working-class life, through the regulars of a Northern pub. All human life is here. It’s a place where people celebrate and mourn; secrets are shared and resentments simmer. At its heart are the Landlord and Landlady, who are at war with each other. He’s the manager, with an eye on the money, she the gossipy heart of the bar. Together, they miss nothing, and with quick-witted northern charm, they‘re in their element. Until they are forced to examine their own lives.
The play is written for just two actors, who play all 14 characters, from a small boy, to a brow-beaten girlfriend, and a barroom Romeo. Through these characters, we witness failed aspirations, unfulfilled lives and enormous spirit.
Following Gala’s recent production of Talking Heads, we are delighted to present the work of Lancashire-born Jim Cartwright. His plays (including The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, Road and Bed) are all perfectly attuned to the Northern working class life, and Two effortlessly demonstrates his funny and beautifully observed work.
Starring Jess Johnson (female characters) from Sunderland those theatre credits include, Educating Rita in 2017 and The Fighting Bradfords in 2016 both at the Gala Theatre, and Key Change for Open Clasp at the Edinburgh Festival, in a national tour and New York. Her television credits include Coronation Street, Hospital People, Cuckoo, Wire in the Blood and Girls Club with film credits for School for Seduction and Girl.
Also, starring Christopher Price (male characters) from Newcastle those theatre credits include, numerous productions for Northern Stage, for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the RSC Fringe. His television credits includes Badger for the BBC. This is his first production for the Gala Theatre.
“A sharp, salty quick fire evocation of the surface gaiety and underlying melancholia of English pub life”
7.30pm (+ 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday)
£15 (£13 concessions), £12 Gala Members, first night and matinee