‘By George’s main characters are a mother, a father and a son; Pauline, George and Sam. They live in a house above their traditional chip shop and for years it’s pulled them in different directions. George has become cynically determined to maintain the status quo, Sam has grown up without anyone noticing and Pauline, whilst trying to please everyone, has failed to square life’s circle.
Marge has long been notorious in the neighbourhood; searching for husband number six, she sees George as a solid prospect, and his wife as a minor inconvenience. Ever-mischievous, she arranges for a special appearance at a hen party to stir up more than just the interest of the bride-to-be.
Fortunately, George and Pauline have close friends Harry and Lil to guide them and a community of customers willing to accept the eccentricities of a traditional chippy for the sake of a decent fish supper.
‘By George’ follows Pauline’s struggle to keep her family together, reconnect with her son, contemplate the advances of an admirer and keep Marge’s destructive attention in check. It’s harder to juggle than cod and chips twice when the fat leaks through the paper.
Greasy’s the word…
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‘Good Grief' (originally ‘Curtains’), is packed with one-liners and toe-tapping tunes. It premiered in 2000 and features ‘As Long As You Live’, ‘The Music Never Dies’ and ‘Whatever Turns You On’.
Guy – a renowned American showman – and his long-suffering sister Vera arrive from America to meet with a wealthy aristocrat who is financing Guy’s new show. A chance encounter with the aristocrat’s daughter, Jane, scuppers the deal before it’s done. But Guy isn’t the only one eying up the family fortune. A scheming butler and maniacal housekeeper have hatched a plot to rob Jane of her inheritance.
Can Guy secure his new show, win the girl and defeat the help? Possibly… but only with the assistance of dead nobility. All is revealed in this rollicking, fast-paced musical comedy.