A heady comedy cocktail with John Godber’s Shakers at East Riding Theatre

A play that has been Made in Hull, and boasting an entirely East Yorkshire cast, is sure to be a City of Culture hit when Beverley’s East Riding Theatre is transformed into Shakers – John Godber’s oh-so-trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen.

There to meet audiences are Nicky, Adele, Carol and Mel, the bar’s long-suffering waitresses, who will pull out a chair, take your order and encourage you to relax in their company.

Shakers, John Godber and Jane Thornton heady comedy revival, gives a wickedly funny glimpse of the world as seen through the eyes of the four girls, and offers a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and the Pina Coladas.

They try to forget their aching feet and the long night ahead by dreaming of very different lives while mimicking and mocking their endless stream of customers.

From girls on a dress-to-impress night out, to lads on the make, all are fodder for the sharp observations of the Shakers.

Shakers was written in 1987 at the height of the Thatcherite yuppie revolution, when every town in the UK had its ubiquitous cocktail bar.

It’s since been exported worldwide, from Dubai to Bratislava, from Scandinavia to LA. A play so popular in Prague that it has played in rep there for the past 12 years, and it’s still running.

This new for 2017 John Godber Company production at the East Riding Theatre brings the comedy to life with an entirely East Yorkshire cast: Amy Thompson (Milkshake Channel 5, Last Laugh feature film), Kate Huntsman, Laura Aramayo (Coronation Street) and Annie Kirkman (She Productions Theatre Company). The play will also be directed by John Godber himself.

Shakers is running at the East Riding Theatre, Beverley, from April 26 – May 20 with special matinees for schools who study the play at GCSE and A Level.

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