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New John Godber Comedy Poles Apart on Tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Poles Apart

The worlds of the theatre and the building yard are thrown together in John Godber’s scorching new comedy Poles Apart, on tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough from 16 to 21 November.

From the BAFTA award-winning writer of Teechers, Bouncers and The Debt Collectors comes 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?

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, previously seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Bouncers, On the Piste and Teechers, 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).

The play was commissioned by David Pugh who produced Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and the new Tim Firth and Gary Barlow musical The Girls.

“Godber is the unsung hero of British Theatre.” -  The Guardian

“Godber is at the top of his game” – The Stage

Poles Apart can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre at 7.30pm from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 November, except Thursday 19 when there is an earlier performance at 7pm, plus matinees at 1.30pm on Thursday 19 and 2.30pm on Saturday 21 November. There will be a post-show Q&A on Monday 16 November.

Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50 or £6 for under 30s, are available online at and from the box office on 01723 370541.

New John Godber Comedy Poles Apart on Tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre Reviewed by Editor on 20:13:00 Rating: 5

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