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Di and Viv and Rose

Laugh and cry with Di and Viv and Rose

‘Di and Viv and Rose’ will be coming to the Theatre Royal, Workington.

However, with current performances suspended at the theatre, due to the latest coronavirus advice, this will now not take place this week as advertised.

I had the pleasure of seeing the dress rehearsal.  The play comes with a warning over strong language, but I have a warning of my own that the play packs quite an emotional punch. I recommend that you bring hankies along with you.  Written by actor Amelia Bullmore, it will appeal to anyone that has been through the ups and downs of life with long-term friends.

The play opens at university halls where three seemingly mismatched girls meet up.  Sociology student Viv – played by Anne Bowmen is focused and hardworking. Business studies undergraduate Di is sporty – played by Ruth Hellen and Becky Wilson is flirtatious, but needy, Rose.  They form a bond that spans over the next 30 years.

Director Stephanie Daly-Parks said that she has learned how to bring the full comedy out of the play and one of the challenges has been getting to grips with the set design. She said: “The set design has been a challenge for me. I had to learn a lot about getting the details right on set. My experience has been more theatre in the round so this has been different for me but enjoyable.”  She said the actors have worked together as an ensemble. I would agree with this but if I had to single any one of the three out I would have to mention Ruth Hellen, who portrays several scenes in such a moving way that she had me in tears more than once.

I enjoyed the nostalgic 80s soundtrack, which included Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Depeche Mode, and Eurythmics. However, just as you’re relaxing into the 80s vibe, the first of the shocks arrive.

When you do get the chance, you will sit back and enjoy this very realistic and touching performance. Details on rescheduling the play will follow when available.

Many thanks from us at Theatre Royal to Lynne Wild and Times & Star for your many previews and reviews.  We look forward to more normal times when all the performers and those behind the scenes can again provide performances for the benefit of our community.

With great regret this show has been cancelled because of Coronavirus

Following the advice given today (16th March 2020) by the Prime Minister, Workington Playgoers has decided it has no alternative but to close our theatre until further notice, in order to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We do not believe that it is practical or responsible for us to stage shows while people’s health is at serious risk.

This means the performances of ‘Di and Viv and Rose’ which were due to start on 17th March and end on 21st March will now not take place. In addition, all other events to be held at the Theatre Royal (including guest shows and dance festivals) are cancelled until further notice.

To arrange for refunds for previously purchased tickets, please email our treasurer, Gilda Wells, on info@nulltheatre-royal-workington.co.uk or leave a message on our answerphone (01900 603161).

We are determined to survive, and to get our shows back on track as soon as possible. Please check our website and Facebook page for regular updates.

Thank you for your support.

Di and Viv and Rose

by Amelia Bullmore                      

 Amelia Bullmore’s funny, touching play about three very different women was previously produced as a wonderful rehearsed reading at the Theatre Royal in 2017.  From its opening scene, at a northern university’s hall of residence during the early 1980s, to its close in 2010, a simple, strong thread runs through this drama. It is the thread of friendship that has brought together a seemingly incompatible trio of female students – bookish and serious Viv, sporty Di and sexually voracious, albeit strangely vulnerable, Rose.

The skill of Bullmore’s script is the way it picks away at what friends are, why friendship endures or falls apart, and how vital it is to life. And there is so much that audiences will recognise – the nostalgic 1980s soundtrack, the sharply drawn characters, the baggage we all gather as time passes, the way events can suddenly derail us…

‘An unpretentious but stealthily potent play that leaves you smiling, teary and gloriously uplifted’ The Times

Warning: This play contains some strong language.

A Workington Playgoers production

Show details
 
Doors open: 7:00pm
Performance:  7:30pm
Running Time: 2.5 hours
Date: Tues 17th – Sat 21st March 2020
Tickets:
 Adults £12.00
 Concessions £11.00

Girls Night Out at the Theatre Royal

 

Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore  cumbriaguide.co.uk

Following their very popular production of The Vicar of Dibley last December, the Workington Playgoers are continuing their bittersweet comic vein with ‘Di and Viv and Rose’ by Amelia Bullmore.

This funny, touching play about three very different women will run at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March.

From its opening scene, at a northern university’s hall of residence in the early 1980s, to its close in 2010, a simple, strong thread runs through this drama. It’s the bond of friendship that brings together a seemingly mismatched trio of female students – bookish and serious Viv (played by Anne Bowmer), sporty Di (played by Ruth Hellen) and flirtatious but vulnerable Rose (Becky Wilson).

The skill of Bullmore’s script is the way it picks away at what friends are, why friendship lasts or fall apart, and how vital it is to life.  There is so much that audiences will recognise – the nostalgic 1980s soundtrack, the sharply drawn characters, the baggage we all gather as time passes and the way tragedy can suddenly derail us…

Director Steph Daly-Parks said: “I first read this play by Amelia Bullmore in 2017, at Jenni Rushton’s suggestion, for a rehearsed reading. It is one of the most engaging contemporary pieces of drama that l have had the good fortune to read and has been widely performed in London, Edinburgh and further afield. We are enjoying the rehearsals and learning hugely from the experience as a group.”

According to The Times, this is ‘an unpretentious but stealthily potent play that leaves you smiling, teary and gloriously uplifted’. The Playgoers would love you to come along and judge for yourselves – and men are invited too!

The show runs from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March and performances start at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are priced at £12 (£11 concessions) and are available online at www.theatre-royal-workington.co.uk/di-and-viv-rose or on the door.

A ‘girls’ night out’ at the Theatre Royal, Workington

Following their very popular production of The Vicar of Dibley in December 2019, the Workington Playgoers are continuing in a bittersweet comic vein with Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore. This funny, touching play about three very different women will be on at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March 2020.

From its opening scene, at a northern university’s hall of residence in the early 1980s, to its close in 2010, a simple, strong thread runs through this drama. It is the thread of friendship that has brought together a seemingly mismatched trio of female students – bookish and serious Viv (played by Anne Bowmer), sporty Di (played by Ruth Hellen) and flirtatious but vulnerable Rose (Becky Wilson).

The skill of Bullmore’s script is the way it picks away at what friends are, why friendship lasts or falls apart, and how vital it is to life. And there is so much that audiences will recognise – the nostalgic 1980s soundtrack, the sharply drawn characters, the baggage we all gather as time passes, the way tragedy can suddenly derail us…

Director Steph Daly-Parks says: ‘I first read this play by Amelia Bullmore in 2017, at Jenni Rushton’s suggestion, for a rehearsed reading. It is one of the most engaging contemporary pieces of drama that l have had the good fortune to read and has been widely performed in London, Edinburgh and further afield. We are enjoying the rehearsals and learning hugely from the experience as a group.’

According to The Times, this is ‘an unpretentious but stealthily potent play that leaves you smiling, teary and gloriously uplifted’. The Playgoers would love you to come along and judge for yourselves – and men are invited too!

The show runs from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £12 (£11 concessions), are available online at http://www.theatre-royal-workington.co.uk/di-and-viv-rose/ or on the door.

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