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Preview: The Big Goodbye at South Shields Customs House

Writers Play `The Big Goodbye` Is His Big Farewell

The Big Goodbye
South ShieldsCustoms House
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th June 2016

The Big Goodbye, a brand new comedy by South Shields writer Wayne Miller will this month receive its World Premier at The Customs House Theatre. On Friday 24th and Saturday 25thJune, The Big Goodbye will be the big farewell to Miller’s trilogy of plays set in the world of “disorganised” crime.

The Big Goodbye tells the story of Jacks, who is attending his best friend Jerry’s funeral to say his farewells and to remember the good times. The only problem is, he’s amongst those who don’t have such fond memories and are there to make sure Jerry really is dead. Jacks must survive the bad buffet, dirt digging, back-stabbing and full on family warfare.

After his previous critically acclaimed plays The Big Timeand The Big Hit, Miller hopes to repeat the success of the previous two. He says “I’ve put together a cast that I know will be perfect to give my final piece the send off it deserves. It’s a great mix of talent, that will bring the laughs, the tears and the performances that audiences will not want to miss”

The cast “just announced” will be Craig Richardson as Jacks, Patricia Whale as Claire, Brogan Gilbert as Lady Vicar and Luke Maddison as Joey. This is a host of well known actors to the North East, who are looking forward to bringing this comedy to life.

“It’s so nice having a cast who are so keen to work on your script and bring it off the page. It creates a great buzz and excitement in rehearsals, something I hope we can give the audience too” explains Wayne Miller

Actor Luke Maddison adds “I always love working with Wayne and I've been really lucky to be cast in the final play of his trilogy The Big Goodbye I've seen the two previous shows and each time I loved the way in which they had been written, so it's quite exciting to get a crack at this type of piece from the inside.

After starting the year appearing in and being part of the creative teams of The Customs House’s The Rabbits Tail, Cranked Anvil’s Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet. Miller is very much looking forward to taking a step back, off the stage and letting The Big Goodbye be a great night of laughs, with a talented North East cast. This promises to be a funeral like no other!

The Big Goodbye runs at The Customs House Theatre in South Shields on June 24th & 25th. Tickets are £12 & £9 from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or


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