This popular 1960s comedy tells the story of Billy Fisher, a young man living with his parents in the fictional town of Stradhoughton in Yorkshire. Billy is idle, dishonest and an uncurable liar. Bored by his dull job as an undertaker's clerk and his dreary domestic background, he tries to escape by weaving a world of his own out of fantasies and dreams. He has three girlfriends and somehow manages to be engaged to all three of them. His family are fully aware that he is a good for nothing, but are unable to understand or control him.
Billy's imaginary life becomes so complicated, and he concocts so many different fantasy situations that truth and fiction become hopelessly intermingled. This inevitably lands him in trouble with his family, girlfriends and employers. But when he is given the chance to start a new life, he turns it down, preferring his dreams to reality.
Written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Directed by Jessica Colson
July 25th - 30th 2022
Keeping Our End Up is a comedy set in a dowdy bowls pavilion in which the very air is tinged with feelings of failure. The ladies bowls team are on a long losing streak and see themselves as remnants of glories long past. With the season finale approaching and the likelihood of yet another drubbing by their dreaded all-conquering rivals, team captain Ronnie just isn't very good, Ursula and Fiona have husband troubles, Joan outrageously stirs trouble, and Jan obsessively stirs tea. Together these five ladies make up a microcosm of the world of women, with problems that are instantly recognisable. It all brews up into an outline of the very fabric of village life and relationships, with moments of striking honesty, sad revelation and richly comic absurdity.
Written by Mark Carey
Directed by Adrian Harding
September 26th - October 1st 2022