After 15 years, Bed & Breakfast re-opens in Derby, for two nights only.
Best friends Jayne Lewis and Gareth Stubbs first performed the play Bed & Breakfast, penned by Jayne, in the mid and late nineties. Fifteen years on and following robust renovations to the script, re-upholstering of the characters and a gastronomic new menu of songs; Bed & Breakfast is ready to open for business once more, at Derby Theatre Studio, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May, 8pm.
Actor/Singer Laura Gore makes a welcomed addition to the original cast, playing two new characters and raising the roof with songs from across the decades.
Bed & Breakfast is the warm, gently beating heart of a simple, satisfactory marriage. Man and Wife come to realise this isn't quite the life they had planned and decide to strike while the iron is hot, and seek change. Even with iron in hand, the misplaced passion, impulse and spontaneity, manages to rust the cogs on that rollercoaster life which Ronan Keating suggests we ride. But for all you part time romantics in the double deluxe guest room; Bed & Breakfast is a witty story of an average romance, punctuated by classic love songs, from several decades. If 'love don't live here anymore', move next door.
The play is set in the East Coast seaside town of Skegness, synonymous with East Midlands based holiday makers and the very place where the plays writer, Jayne spent many a fortnight, riding the seafront cable cars and roller-disco-ing her way towards her teens.
Jayne says, 'It just seemed the perfect place where my words would fit, all those years ago. However tenuous the link (as all the action takes place inside the B&B) my character- Wife can be just as windy as Skeggy and, if standing on one leg, Gareth's character- Man, holds a slight resemblance to the Jolly Fisherman.'
In the fifteen years since Bed & Breakfast first opened its doors to audiences in Nottingham, Gareth has toured nationally as an actor, covering the whole of the UK and Jayne has continued writing plays predominantly with and for young audiences.
Jayne went on to say, 'I am so delighted with the opportunity that Derby Theatre and Uncontained Arts have provided; a professional platform for two nights of great fun for my friends and family to come and see a new play full of old memories. Friends are coming from as far as Brighton so I am glad my play is in such great hands, with a wonderfully experienced team. I am sure it will be a fab fifty minutes and a bargain at only a fiver.'
After directing Shakespeare and Ibsen for Mountview Drama School in London; Actor/Director Gary Lagden delivers expert focus and direction for Bed & Breakfast. Before he heads off to Manchester to begin rehearsals at The Royal Exchange Theatre, for A Thousand Slimy Things, a new adaptation by Derby based writer Sally Siner, of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, for Tangere Arts.
Bed & Breakfast is at Derby Theatre Studio on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May, 8pm. All tickets are just £5 and pre-booking is recommended as spaces are limited.
Call Derby Theatre Box office: 01332 593939 or book online http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/uncontained-arts/bed-breakfast