A Sidecar Named Despair!
Performed by the Common Ground Theatre Company in aid of St Clare’s Hospice
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October 7.30pm
The ever entertaining Common Ground Theatre Company are touring their new show, “A Sidecar Named Despair!” a hilarious farce penned by Pat Whymark and Julian Harries , and we are delighted that they will be visiting us here at Zinc.
This production is in aid of Rotarians of Kelveden Hatch and villages, all proceeds will go to St. Claire’s hospice.
Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.
Dick’s quiet suburban life is shattered when his brother Julian returns suddenly from The States, for “health” reasons. But his shady American “associates” have unfinished business with him, putting both their health at risk. Their dad’s old bike and sidecar, which Dick has been “doing up”, might come in handy as their getaway vehicle!
A black comedy with original music by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries and starring Julian and Dick Mainwaring – reprising the characters they created for Common Ground’s 2013 comedy, Stuff In The Attic (“Pat Whymark’s latest play is very funny indeed” East Anglian Daily Times, “Good music and plenty of well-judged comic touches” In Suffolk, “Moments of pure farce alternate with real conflict” What’s on Stage). Expect “The Odd Couple” versus the Mob!
Common Ground have been bringing their distinctive brand of music theatre – with strong narrative, strong emotion and just a touch of the surreal – to venues across East Anglia, since 2008.
Timings & Costs
Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.30pm
£15 per ticket.
Please not that seating is unreserved and will be allocated on arrival.
Our cafe will be open and a fully licensed bar will be available.
Running time – 2 hours (including interval).
Proceeds will go to St Clare Hospice
Common Ground Theatre Co was founded in 2007 by Pat Whymark and Julian Harries to create new music theatre. We have been touring steadily since then, mainly within East Anglia, producing eighteen new plays which have been received stunning reviews both here and in London. We have received funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, The Suffolk Foundation, The Seckford Foundation, Suffolk Youth Ops, The Brook Trust and Suffolk Single Gateway.
Common Ground are committed to keeping small-scale theatre alive and well in East Anglia, presenting shows that are, first and foremost, entertaining. Our productions are character-based and always emotionally engaging.
Julian Harries & Pat Whymark are the creative team behind Stoat Hall, The Mystery of St Finnigan’s Elbow & many more Eastern Angles Christmas shows, and it is that sense of playfulness that we hope runs through all our work. As an actor Julian has appeared in Eastenders, Detectorists, Spies of Warsaw, Doctors, and performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in the West End.
Want to know more?
For any further information, please contact Cathy Padian at Zinc.
Address: Zinc, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD
Tel: 01277 365626