Willy Russell’s "One for the Road" is a wickedly observant comedy by the author of Educating Rita, set on a 1980's nouveau middle-class northern housing development with pretensions.
Dennis finds himself trapped in a suburban rabbit warren, in the midst of a mid-life crisis and imagines tunnelling out from the kitchen like a prisoner of war. While wife Pauline dreams of tupperware parties and schemes to keep up with smug neighbours Jane and Roger, who are determined to uncover the culprits responsible for vandalising the estate's garden gnomes, Dennis finds himself approaching his 40th birthday with dread as plans for an adventurous life and dreams of travel are consumed by the daily grind.
How did Dennis' dreams of freedom become subsumed into a world of John Denver records and poshed-up cottage pie? What is he keeping locked up in the replica bureau? Will Pauline surrender her suburban ambitions for a life of hitch-hiking, poetry and music festivals? Will Jane and Roger prove the awful 'Parnes kids' to be the gnome decapitating vandals of Phase Two development? When will Dennis' lost parents finally arrive at 'The Haven'?
Humour and a candid look into how we square settling down with the underlying urge to follow our youthful dreams to seek life through fun and adventure!
" One for the Road" is on at the Guide Bridge Theatre from Monday 11th may until Saturday 16th May 2015 at 7.30 pm Call the box office on 0161 330 8078