September in the Rain, Eye

John Godber's knack of turning everyday situations into humorous and poignant episodes is again seen in this sequel to Happy Jack.

John Godber's knack of turning everyday situations into humorous and poignant episodes is again seen in this sequel to Happy Jack relating the lives of Yorkshire couple Liz and Jack, this time reminiscing on their holidays in Blackpool.

The reason that Godber's plays are so true to life is that they are based on incidents happening in his own family and particularly to his grandparents.

We have all experienced holidays which for do not live up to the anticipation, the weather disappoints and arguments get out of hand. In spite of all their traumatic experiences, the stress of preparing for the holiday, the hazardous journeys, the inadequacies of the boarding house and the inevitable rain, Jack and Liz continue to return to Blackpool year after year.

Behind the brash quick-tempered miner is a sensitive man who was moved to tears while watching the Student Prince for the umpteenth time. Liz for all her bickering and threats to leave Jack retains a deep affection for her husband.

The variety of emotions and changes of mood were captured to perfection by the talented duo Suzannah Howlett and Steven Schilling making a memorable debut at Eye.

With the constantly changing scenes, timing was of the utmost importance and this was achieved due to the impressive direction of Tom Scott aided by skilful lighting by David Hermon.

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The show at Eye Theatre continues until March 23.

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