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September in the Rain

By John Godber
Directed by Cliff Francis
6th – 9th April 2022 at 8pm
Matinee on April 9th at 2:30pm

30 years of love and arguments in not-so-sunny Blackpool

Will leave you feeling warm and happy and strangely nostalgic for British family holidays by the sea

BBC

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

September in the Rain is an evocation of a lost working-class way of life, with something a little darker below the surface. The play follows the life and holiday of Liz and Jack, John Godber’s own grandparents, based on the stories they told at length, over and over again.

Jack is a miner down the pits in Yorkshire, Liz his long-suffering faithful wife. The pits close for a week in September, so every year they holiday in Blackpool in a cheap, grubby, backstreet guesthouse – September being an ideal month for a week in Blackpool! The play tells their story, from the present and the past. We see them on their holidays and hear them narrate their tales, meeting some of the characters they encounter along the rocky road.

We see Jack jealous when Liz teases him about a handsome waiter, and Jack blaming Liz when he reverses the car into a truck while stuck in traffic… Liz threatening to leave Jack halfway through a holiday, then trying to talk him into seeing the view from the top of Blackpool Tower during a gale.
At the start we see them trundling over to Blackpool in their new and oh-so- expensive Ford Popular, then hear how over the years the cars and the roads change from twisting turning B-roads to motorways, until by the end they’re OAPs walking to catch the Wallace Arnold coach home.

Although there’s an underlying love, never expressed and lacking any modern concept of romance, we see their relationship as it is. Both are straight-talking Yorkshire folk who know their minds, they know what they want and how things should be done. They never agree on anything. Instead, they argue and argue, split up and sulk, but over the years, through the tears and the rain, we see them laugh, sing and dance.

An intimate play performed by two actors, with a very simple setting but enough to set the scene. The play will undoubtedly evoke nostalgic memories of our own holidays by the sea and the yarns we heard again and again from our parents and grandparents.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Cliff Francis

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MEDIA & REVIEWS​

Will leave you feeling warm and happy and strangely nostalgic for British family holidays by the sea

BBC

September in the Rain leaves us in no doubt that love and romance are not the same thing.

3/5
The Scotsman – Nov. 2013

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