A nostalgic seaside return

Joe Butcher and Jenna Ryder-Oliver in September in the Rain
Joe Butcher and Jenna Ryder-Oliver in September in the Rain

John Godber’s touching and humorous play September in the Rain comes to the Little Theatre in Dunstable next week.

It tells the story of a marriage through a lifetime of annual September holidays together, following the couple from their 30s to their later years.

Based on Godber’s own Yorkshire grandparents, the play is a nostalgic wander down the rain-sodden streets and beaches of Blackpool in its heyday.

It charts the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz through their annual summer holiday jaunt across the Pennines to Blackpool, which has been a ritual for over 40 years.

It’s set in golden age of donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripy deckchairs, ice cream, rolled-up trousers, knotted hankies, cramped boarding houses and, of course, climbing the famous Blackpool Tower.

Director Angela Goss said: ‘This is a truly lovely play full of humour and pathos and our cast Joe Butcher (Jack) and Jenna Ryder-Oliver (Liz) have created two wonderful characters.

“I have been interested in directing this lovely heart-warming play for a long time.

September in the Rain will be performed at the theatre, in High Street, from September 18 to 26. All performances start at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £10 for members and £14 for non-members.

To book, visit www.littletheatre.org.uk, email dunstablerepboxoffice@gmail.com or call 07940 105864.