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Preview: GSOH at Gateshead Little Theatre

Good-humoured play set to bring the laughs to Tyneside audiences

By Peter Drake
Gateshead Little Theatre
Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd June 2019

Gateshead Little Theatre is to play host to an uproarious comedy about the perils of dating.

Set around the millennium, Peter Drake’s play, GSOH, follows three clueless middle-aged men finding their way through the minefield of the personal ads, always a rich source of entertainment for the casual reader. Colin is an easy-going widower with a taste for adventure, Geordie is a much-divorced lorry driver, who doesn’t mince his words and Charles is a pedantic teacher with an outdated vision of romance. 

Against all the odds, this ill-assorted trio decide to set themselves up as an escort agency. After a spectacularly unsuccessful first endeavour, they decide to enlist the help of a manager, the polished, professional (and terrifying) Maxine. Then the fun really begins….

The play is produced and directed by Peter Drake who wrote the script at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

Colin is played by Stephen Stokoe, a familiar face from musical theatre and pantomime in the region, most recently seen as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

Maxine is played by Shirley Spoors, who started her stage life at age 14 performing with Youth Connection Theatre Company and regularly played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. More recently, she has been involved in musical theatre and has performed in a number of venues across the North East. The highlight of her stage career to date was playing Lady Cravendale in Calendar Girls alongside the fabulous North East actress Leah Bell.

Rob Pegge, who plays Geordie, earned his degree in Drama at Northumbria University. His acting credits are extensive but he was most recently seen in the 2016 Plays in the Park season in Sunderland playing Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, The King in George and the Dragon and Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, all for Theatre Space North East.

Jonathan Cash, a veteran of musicals and plays throughout the North East, is playing Charles. He was most recently seen touring in Tom Kelly’s play Love Songs with Baby Love Productions. They will be touring again in September.

The play is presented by Runningwater productions and runs from 18-22 June at Gateshead Little Theatre at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets, priced at £10, and £8 for concessions, are available from the theatre on 0191 478 1499 or online from

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