Alan Ayckbourn’s dark and funny Way Upstream, opens this year’s Festival season at Chichester.
The newly revamped festival theatre stage is set to be flooded for a river to allow this boating comedy to feel right at home.
Jason Durr, Peter Forbes, Jill Halfpenny and Jason Hughes join the previously announced Sarah Parish in the production which opens next month.
Four old friends, one cruising boat, two weeks off work, and the perfect setting of the beautiful River Orb. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty can, and does, in typical Ayckbourn style, as relationships become frayed before the ignition key is even turned.
Waters get even choppier when the troubled crew bump into enigmatic seadog Vince and his bohemian friend, Fleur. This exposé of the murky depths that lurk beneath the surfaces of friendship, love, desire and power is vintage Ayckbourn.
A pair of TV coppers try their hand at comedy. Jason Durr plays Vince. His credits include Donkeys’ Years (Rose Theatre, Kingston), the West End production of Volcano and the role of PC Mike Bradley in the television series Heartbeat.
Jason Hughes, formerly of Midsomer where he played DS Ben Jones, plays Alistair. His theatre credits include In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (St James Theatre) and the US tour of 4.48 Psychosis.
Peter Forbes plays Keith. His theatre credits include How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre) and The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival).
Jill Halfpenny plays Emma. Her credits include her award-winning performance in Legally Blonde, the West End production of Abigail’s Party and screen roles in Babylon and In The Club.
Sarah Parish is June. Her numerous television credits include W1A, Atlantis, Mistresses, Cutting It and Blackpool. Her film credits include The Wedding Date and The Holiday.
The cast also includes Emily Laing as Fleur and Nicola Sloane as Mrs Hatfield.
Way Upstream is at the Festival Theatre, Chichester from April 23– May 16.