New Writing At The Double
New Attitude presents a double bill of new comedy writing from Trevor Suthers and Jayne Marshall
The First Reviews are in...
Manchester Theatre Awards
'Do Me A Favour is a very funny two-hander, it's great fun and in splendidly dubious taste.'
The Fiction Stroker
'Writer Jayne Marshall's dark script is tightly written and well directed by Brainne Edge. As the tagline for the play says, "It's not the destination, but the journey." Fortunately in this case, the journey most certainly is worth it. Overall, another double hit from this forward-thinking theatre company. Recommended.'
As the founder of JB Shorts, Trevor has produced all 8 (coming up for 9) JB's. Trevor Suthers has had many plays produced in and around Manchester since his first production at Contact Brickhouse in 1984. He has worked for Coronation Street and Eastenders, has had pantomimes and musicals produced alongside plays produced in London, Brighton, Salisbury, Bradford, Edinburgh, plus dozens of short plays both staged and broadcast in the USA. Many of his plays are published online, including Do Me A Favour. Four years ago Trevor was instrumental in setting up the popular JB Shorts bi-annual short play fest at Joshua Brooks currently enjoying it's 3rd MTA's nomination for Best Fringe Production..
Fly By Night is Jayne Marshall's 3rd production after Safe Hands and Onions Cry Too, the latter which debuted with great reviews at The Lowry in Sep 2012 starring Allo' Allo's Arthur Bostrom. With a penchant for the surreal, and a dark sense of comedy, Fly By Night is another twisted comedy drama from Jayne.
DO ME A FAVOUR
Do Me A Favour is a one-act comic duologue set in a Prison Visiting Room. Banged-up gangster boss Ben gets regular visits from his henchman Bill demanding he carry out increasingly bizarre favours for him 'on the outside'. Bill reports back the outcomes but then there is a surprising change of fortune.
Do Me A Favour is directed by Alice Bartlett, who trained at Contact Theatre's Young Director Scheme, before becoming Assistant Resident Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has directed over 100 productions in the UK and abroad for companies including Bolton Octagon, Bradford Alhambra, Stoke New Vic and Wakefield Theatre Royal together with an 8-year freelance association with John Godber's Hull Truck. Alice has become actively involved in supporting New Writing in Manchester, and recently directed Trevor's play "No Comment" in JB Shorts 8.
The roles of Ben and Bill are performed by Peter Ash ('Footballers Wives', 'Casualty', 'White Van Man' and soon 'Skins:Redux') and Dickie Patterson (The Weir, The Ballad of Halo Jones, Year of the Sex Olympics and Storm Mine. He recently portrayed Danny in the Shred Productions stage adaptation of Withnail & I at The Lass O'Gowrie)
FLY BY NIGHT
Fly By Night is a dark comedy in which ageing rock star Lucian has hit rock bottom. After playing his latest gig in a back street pub, he and his entourage make a mad dash to catch a night flight to Europe with the intention of reviving his career. Tensions rise as the years of excess baggage are checked in, and they are quickly ushered onto the lonely flight. But who will reach their final destination?
Fly By Night is directed by Brainne Edge, Manager and Founder of Manchester's oldest and largest improv troupe ComedySportz, she also heads up their training centre based at the Manchester Comedy Store. Brainne is well known on the Fringe circuit in Manchester, most notably for her direction with JB Shorts and with Breathe Out Theatre. She is also responsible for the production and direction of the recent Lass O'Gowrie productions 'Midnight', 'Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads' and 'The Good Life'. Brainne also recently directed a short professional run of 'Teechers' by John Godber.
The roles of Lucien, Zach, Gabriel and Michaela are performed by Peter Abbott (Call The Midwife, Marianne, Shameless) , Neil Ashton (Fetish Knights, Coronation Street, Emmerdale), Samuel Thompson (Hollyoaks, Lost and Found for Hidden Gems, Opus Hatch (Open Minds Theatre) and Emmy Fyles (Kooky Babooshka, Hearts United).
Do Me A Favour / Fly By Night runs at The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford. M3 6AN from 18-22 February @ 7.30pm Tickets are £10 (£8 conc), available from clicking on flyer above or to left. Running time is approx 2hrs 20mins including a 20 minute interval.