Following a very successful run of Heart Shaped Vinyl in June, Open House Players are currently in rehearsals for their forthcoming production of April in Paris by John Godber, which will be presented in O’Keeffe’s, Clonmel from Tuesday, 11th to Thursday, 13th September at 8pm. This play is a comical yet poignant reflection on marriage against all the obstacles.
Al and Bet are not what you’d call at the honeymoon stage in their relationship. Al, played by James Whelan, has lost his job after years working as a builder. At his wits end, he feels hopeless and anxious. Bet, played by Juanita Guidera, is fed-up and bored, yet hopeful that things can get better. The reality is they are stuck in a rut and there is no room for romance, it seems.
Then a miracle happens and destiny brings the complacent couple to Paris. Will the city of love rekindle some life into this dying relationship or will they decide to call it a day and move on?
This lovely, heart-warming piece by John Godber explores long-term relationships and how people and situations change with the passage of time. Issues like recession, redundancy and gender roles are examined. We also ponder if our personal circumstances contribute towards lack of inspiration at times and if so how we can overcome these obstacles.
The production is directed by Catherine O’Donnell. Tickets cost €E10 and are available from O’Keeffee’s (052-6121611) or at the door.