Hebden Bridge Little Theatre’s opening production of the season is ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright.
The author has a gift for making us laugh and cry in equal measure as he showed to great effect in ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’.
‘Two’ is another that skilfully combines humour and pathos. Real life couple Nigel Jamieson and Trish Ellis step into the roles originally played by Brookside stars, John McArdle and Sue Johnston.
Action takes place over the course of one evening in a typical northern pub where the two actors take on the challenging task of quickly switching roles to play 14 different characters who pull up a stool and let us into their lives.
The landlord and landlady banter and bicker their way through the evening, dealing with the customers whilst slowly revealing their own painful story. From the bobble-hatted couple who come to the pub to eat crisps and watch television, to the old man who takes quiet comfort in the memory of his late wife, Cartwright presents a kaleidoscope of human life and love.
Director Vaughan Leslie says: “It has been an excellent opportunity to rehearse intensely with two talented actors and I’m sure the final production is going to be very special”
The play runs from February 23 to 28 starting at 7.30 pm each night with a matinee on the final Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available online at hblt.org.uk in person at Innovation, Hebden Bridge, or by phone on 01422 843907.