Monday, 12 April 2010


Broadstairs Dickens Players
Granville Theatre Ramsgate
April 21st to April 24th at 7.30 p.m

Broadstairs Dickens Players are going “Way Upstream” in their latest production at the Granville Theatre. This dark comedy by Alan Ayckbourn tells the story of two couples who are friends and who run a business together. They decide to take a relaxing holiday, hiring a boat on the river. It is immediately apparent that things are far from rosy between one couple, Keith and June and that their business is rapidly going downhill. No one has any experience of boats and that becomes increasingly obvious and hilarious, as Keith attempts to take charge.

The story takes a sinister twist when they meet Vince and his ‘friend’ Fleur who, initially being friendly and helpful, show a frighteningly terrifying side once the balance of leadership changes. Whilst showing all the wonderful comic touches that have made Alan Ayckbourn one of the most successful playwrights of modern times, “Way Upstream” has a definite darker thread running through it.

This Ayckbourn play is not very often produced by amateur groups, as there can be major problems with staging, not least of which is having to build a representation of a boat on stage! But Broadstairs Dickens Players have risen magnificently to the challenge and you will be in for a treat if you take the opportunity to see this sparkling comedy. It is being directed by Jon Carr in his directorial debut for BDP. Jon has appeared in many local productions over the years – his latest as Charles in Blithe Spirit. But this will be his first ‘appearance’ as a director for BDP, and he is relishing all the challenges that this production brings. The Production will be adjudicated for the Kent Full Length Drama Festival on the Thursday night, 22nd April.

Way Upstream stars many well known local faces such as Jo Slater, Matt Danes, Andrew Nolan, Miranda Peacock and Susan Laverick. It can be seen at the Granville Theatre from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th April at 7.30pm. Tickets, at £9 each can be purchased from the Box Office on Thanet 591750.

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