Ris­ing Damp writer pens EK Rep com­edy

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Theatre go­ers can ex­pect some wry hu­mour and good old fash­ioned laughs when East Kil­bride Rep Theatre stage their latest play penned by TV’s Ris­ing Damp writer Eric Chap­pell.

Hay­wire sees Alec Firth hav­ing an af­fair with his as­sis­tant Liz, and he has or­gan­ised his do­mes­tic life so that they can go to Spain on hol­i­day with­out mak­ing his wife Mag­gie, re­motely sus­pi­cious. What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Plenty.

On the doorstep in a dizzy­ingly rapid suc­ces­sion are, Phoebe, Alec’s mother, who has dis­charged her­self from her old peo­ple’s home.

Alec’s son, Jamie, with a bro­ken an­kle; and his daugh­ter, heav­ily preg­nant and not plan­ning to marry the child’s fa­ther…. And then?

Well, get your ticket and go along and see what hap­pens next.

In fact spoil your­self and get a sea­son ticket for all five plays and the ad­mit­tance into the EK Rep’s week-long an­nual Rep Fest of one act plays from all around Scot­land in the mid­dle of May be­fore the fi­nal play in June.

The EK Rep is one of the busiest Rep theatre com­pa­nies in Scot­land and as a group, are able to keep ad­mis­sion prices low so that theatre is open to all.

Es­pe­cially when you con­sider that if you go to Lon­don’s West End tick­ets can be as much as £202 for ‘The Book of Mor­mon’ or £128 for ‘Wicked’.

So go along to the EK Vil­lage Theatre and be part of the EK Rep’s new sea­son of dra­mas and com­edy to suit all tastes.

Hay­wire is writ­ten by Eric Chap­pell, di­rected by Dave Ben­net and pro­duced by East Kil­bride Rep Theatre.

Eric Chap­pell took up full-time writ­ing in 1973 af­ter his first stage play, The Banana Box, was pro­duced at the Apollo Theatre, Lon­don. The play later inspired the clas­sic TV com­edy Ris­ing Damp which won a BAFTA for best sit­u­a­tion com­edy. Eric has writ­ten over 200 tele­vi­sion com­edy scripts and more than 20 stage plays which are per­formed world­wide, mak­ing him one of the top writ­ers of com­edy in Bri­tain to­day.

Hay­wire runs at East Kil­bride Vil­lage Theatre on Maxwell Drive, in the Vil­lage, from Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 2 till Satur­day, Septem­ber. Cur­tain up at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets cost £8/£6 for con­ces­sions. Sea­son tick­ets are also avail­able at a cost of £22.50. Ask the Box Of­fice for de­tails.

Call 01355 248669/261000.

Just for laughs The cast of Hay­wire in re­hearsals

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