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Preview: If I Say Jump Arts Centre Washington
A bold and exhilarating tale of contemporary Britain
If I Say Jump
Arts Centre Washington
Thursday 19 April 2018
With playful comedy and an original soundtrack,
Fringe First winner Dick Bonham’s new play tells the story of a Vicar on a
morally ambiguous quest for peace in a chaotic time.
Jenny is a vicar… with problems. Her creepy
ex-husband keeps sending her flowers – every day. The church hall is being
renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being investigated by the police. And her
best friend Danny has turned up in the vestry with a gun. It’s Sunday morning
and she hasn’t been to bed yet.
Danny’s an addict. Nearly a year sober. But he’s
still got anger issues. And he’s just had a fight with his best mate Benson.
So, when he turns to the church will Jenny be able to do the right thing? And
does she even know what that is?
The idea for the story and
characters came from director Simon Brewis’s experiences of working with people
at Spacious Places addiction recovery centre in Leeds.
He comments“It is a recovery story of sorts, but it isn’t about or substance abuse
or hitting rock bottom. It’s about how people can come together when times get
crazy and help each other find peace in difficult times. Jenny, the Vicar is
sort of a cowboy - always going off like the Lone Ranger to save someone. Her
sidekick Danny is trying to help out, but he has problems with controlling his
anger - and as a result they end up in a right pickle. I can’t wait for us to
get out on the road and share the story with audiences across the country.”
The show is Leeds based theatre company Common
Chorus’ first national touring production, following success with
community-based productions such as Wind
If I Say Jump is partly a contemporary
Western, that happens to be set in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Actors Lynsey
Jones (Red Ladder Theatre Co, Emmerdale)
and Richard Galloway (Buglight Theatre, Cardboard Citizens) weave deftly
through a host of lovable but flawed characters, as they explore the unexpected
consequences of snap decisions made with the best of intentions. This is a show
for anyone who has ever asked themselves “why on earth did I just do that?”
Cast and Creatives:
Written by Dick Bonham
Directed by Simon Brewis
Performed by Lynsey Jones and Richard Galloway
Music by Peter Freeth
Produced by LittleMighty
Tickets: If I Say Jump, comes to Arts
Centre Washington on Thursday 19 April. Tickets are from £6 and are available
or by calling 0191 561 3455