Playwright John Godber expresses the culture and concerns of the northern working class through poignant and poetic plays that have huge popular appeal. September in the Rain, one of Godber's personal favourites, is a gently, lyrical comedy that looks back across a lifetime of family holidays spent in Blackpool. Mavis's guesthouse, Blackpool sands, donkey rides and the Tower Ballroom provide a sharp backdrop for this funny and moving evocation of the lives of Jack and Liz.
SHU graduates Josh Schofield and Emily Kitteringham performed in a new version of Godber's play, directed by Neil Sissons, at the Peforamance Lab as part of the working-class voices strand for the Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2019.
Performance Lab, SHEFFIELD | 8 - 10 Oct 2019
Written by JOHN GODBER
Performed by EMILY KITTERINGHAM & JOSH SCHOFIELD
Directed by NEIL SISSONS
Lighting Technician BEN WOODWARD
Technical Support TOM FLANAGAN
Photographic Documentation BECKY PAYNE
Video Documentation DAN BALE & JOE PALMER (OPEN HOUSE PICTURES)
JOHN GODBER ON
“Both actors displayed a level of expertise and elan which one would normally associate with drama school actor training. However, under the expert eye of director Neil Sissons any suggestion that this was a student production evaporated almost as soon as the play began"
"two students punching above their weight in what was a very touching and mature evocation of Blackpool in its heyday. Truthful and engaging, they had the audience with them all the way."