On the Beach and The Islanders

Published On April 2, 2014 | By Jo Sutherland | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Old Market
Tuesday 29 April 2014
7.30pm (doors 45 mins earlier)
Adv. Tickets £12 (£10 Conc), On the door £13 (£11 Conc)

Show and Tell, the award winning production company behind last year’s BEATS present a double-bill of seaside shenanigans. Both ‘On the Beach’ and ‘The Islanders’ are based on real life experiences of the British coast and these two theatre pieces will no doubt cue a fair dollop of nostalgia from each seat in every aisle of the auditorium.

Radio 4 star and award-winning writer John Osborne’s On the Beach offers a sneak peek into the lives and loves of those who like to tread the path close to the waves. During this one man show, we get to walk in someone else’s flip-flops, as a precious lunch hour is spent strolling along the shore. Described as “a beautifully constructed, ode to holidays by the British seaside” by What’s On Stage, we can probably understand why this show has stone-skipped its way to Brighton.

The second act of this two part show is an indie musical based on the teenage memories of the creators of ‘The Islanders’. Written by novelist Amy Mason and accompanied by music devised by Eddie Argos, we are taken back in time to the late nineties, to when they, as a teenage couple, fled their bedsit haven of damp walls, smashed furniture and only-orange foods for a holiday on the Isle of Wight. Thirteen years on, they try to make sense of an island, a holiday and a much-forgotten relationship. This nostalgic true story explores the sensitive nature of memory and promises a sensitive trip down memory lane.

Described as “deceptively simple” by The Observer, and “as raw as it gets in a charmingly low-key rites of passage that’s both poignant and funny” by The Herald, this double-hander promises to lure you in with its seaside charm… so go grab a ticket and an ice lolly and we’ll see you there!

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About The Writer

By day, Jo is a senior public relations professional. By night, she’s a writer. Jo initially trained as an actor at East 15 but she discovered her inner-academic five years later when she decided to study a BA in Arts Management. Jo graduated with a First and was subsequently lucky enough to secure a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Creative & Critical Writing at Sussex University. This enabled her to do three things; 1) improve her writing skills, 2) embrace student life again / regress mentally, 3) move to Brighton! The move was only supposed to be “temporary” but she fell in love with the city. Having spent four years working in broadcast and digital PR, Jo now works for Magenta, a Brighton-based PR agency – and she began writing for WeLoveBrighton.com as soon as she moved to the coast. Jo has a strong background in theatre, acting and creative writing. As an aspiring playwright, her primary interest lies in new writing theatre and Jo has spent the last five years exploring the London and Sussex theatre scene. And - in her spare time - she’s writing a sitcom.