Down Beethoven Underpass with Players’ latest comedy

Brackley Players 'One For The Road'.Back,Pete Milne,front,Sue Arthurs and Jim Howson.'111015M-A299

Brackley Players 'One For The Road'.Back,Pete Milne,front,Sue Arthurs and Jim Howson.'111015M-A299

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BRACKLEY Players’ latest comedy takes the audience back to the mid-1980s, where hero Dennis Cain is facing a mid-life crisis.

One For The Road is by well-known playwright Willy Russell, author of Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita.

Published in 1980, and revised by Russell in 1985, the play is set “at the height of Yuppiedom”, said director Keith Fraser.

The action takes place in Dennis and his wife Pauline’s brand new ‘Executive’ dormer bungalow in Castlehills, a fictional middle-class housing development in the north.

Dennis and Pauline are holding a dinner party for their old friends Jane and Roger, and Dennis’s parents, who are lost in the rabbit warren of identical roads.

On the eve of his 40th birthday, Dennis is torn between yearning for his past and the security of married life, where Beethoven Underpass leads to Wagner Walkway and where anyone who doesn’t join Weight Watchers or the Ramblers is a social outcast.

How will Dennis cope, and will he achieve his dream of going back ‘on the road’? The play contains some strong language.

It’s the third time Mr Fraser has directed the social comedy, which he said is very different from the Players’ last production, a farce.

“Willy Russell gets under the skin of people,” he said. “There are moments of pathos.”

The show is at Southfields School, on Banbury Road, Brackley. Performances are at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28, and there is a matinee performance only on Saturday, October 29, at 2.30pm.

Seating is bistro style. Coffee and tea are available, but feel free to bring nibbles and drinks.

Tickets £7 (senior citizens £6) from Davies & Partners, on Market Place, Brackley, or call Keith Fraser on 01280 701501.