Best friends Jayne Lewis and Gareth Stubbs first performed the play Bed And Breakfast, penned by Jayne, in the mid-to-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 And Breakfast is ready to open for business once more, at Derby Theatre Studio on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, starting at 8pm.
Actor/singer Laura Gore makes a welcome addition to the original cast, playing two new characters and raising the roof with songs from across the decades.
Bed And 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.
But even with iron in hand, the misplaced passion, impulse and spontaneity, manages to rust the cogs on that rollercoaster of life.
The play is set in Skegness, synonymous with East Midlands-based holidaymakers and the very place where the play’s writer, Jayne, spent many a fortnight, riding the seafront cable cars and roller-discoing her way towards her teens.
Jayne said: “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 15 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.”
All tickets are just £5 and pre-booking is recommended as spaces are limited.
Call Derby Theatre box office on 01332 593939.