John Godber reaches new heights of comedy with Poles Apart

Poles Apart
Poles Apart. Images Amy Charles Media

John Godber reaches new heights of comedy with his latest production set in the dizzying world of scaffolders.

Poles Apart, now touring, sees the sweat and tea-breaks of the builders’ yard clash head-on with the theatre. It comes to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough from November 16.

Poles Apart

From the BAFTA award-winning writer of Teechers, Bouncers and The Debt Collectors it is a hilarious clash-of-cultures comedy.

The Theatre Royal is an oasis of artistic calm, equality and sensitivity, but when the scaffolders from hell descend upon the thespians, the masks slip and the curtain comes down.

Phil, Fat Glen and Polish Jan deliver a breathless rant on life, art and sausage sarnies amid desperate efforts to mend the leaking roof.

But when leading lady Abi and theatre manager Grahame unleash their real feelings about the men with the hard hats, the question is, who is the most brutal?

Poles Apart

John Godber examines the role of the theatre in the life of the working man and the role of the working man in the life of the theatre, and asks, are they Poles Apart?

Uncompromising and unflinching, this world premiere takes a deliriously funny look at life from the top of a scaff’ tower. And it’s never over until the fat man sings!

Produced by The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, Poles Apart has a strong cast of five including Adrian Hood (Dinnerladies), Frazer Hammill (Happy Valley), Rob Hudson (The Bill), Keith Hukin (Heartbeat) and Ruby Thompson (New Tricks).

2015 Tour Dates:

October 27-31, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme
November 3-14, Hull Truck Theatre
November 16-21, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

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