SHAKERS (by John Godber and Jane Thornton)
East Riding Theatre 26th April – 20th May!
A play “Made in Hull” (and boasting an entirely East Yorkshire cast) is sure to be a City of Culture hit when Beverley’s East Riding Theatre is transformed into “Shakers” – the oh-so-trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen!
It is here we meet Nicky, Adele, Carol and Mel, the bar’s long-suffering waitresses, who invite you to pull up a table, order a drink and relax in their company.
Shakers, by John Godber and Jane Thornton, gives a wickedly funny glimpse of the world as seen through the eyes of the four girls, offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas.
They try to forget their aching feet and the long night ahead by dreaming of very different lives whilst mimicking and mocking their endless stream of customers. From girls on a dress-to-impress night out, to lads on the make, all are fodder for the sharp observations of the Shakers.
Shakers was written in 1987, at the height of the “Thatcherite” yuppie revolution, when every town in the UK had its ubiquitous cocktail bar, with the numbers of such establishments increasing. The play has since been exported worldwide, from Dubai to Bratislava, from Scandinavia to L.A.
This new-for-2017 John Godber Company production at the East Riding Theatre brings this classic play to life with an entirely East Yorkshire cast: Amy Thompson (“Milkshake” on Channel 5, “Last Laugh” feature film), Kate Huntsman, Laura Aramayo (“Coronation Street”) and Annie Kirkman (She Productions Theatre Company). The play will be directed by Godber himself.
Running from 26th April through to 20th May, specialist matinees and prices for schools are available due to the popularity of the play, which is widely studied at GCSE and A Level.
All bookings can made online through the East Riding Theatre website, or by calling the box office on (01482) 874050.
Visit www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk for more info!
Asia-bound this year? Be sure to read “Pulse” by Steve Rudd first!