Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Double Act's Trio of Plays Are a Triumph

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Double Act's Trio of Plays Are a Triumph

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THIS year alone, their work has had rave reviews and standing ovations in Australia, Scotland, England and at more locally, Newcastle's Theatre Royal - but Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood are not ones to forget their roots.

The prolific duo, who will have had seven of their plays professionally produced this year, are excited about returning to the Customs House in South Shields with three shows, including the world premiere of a new work, Photo Finish, that they believe will rock the audience with laughter.

Trevor explained: "After the wonderful response we got to Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather at the Theatre Royal in May, especially on the last night when the audience was even in the gods - rare for drama at the Theatre Royal - and the cast got a standing ovation, we asked each other 'is this as good as it gets?' "Thanks to the plays, we've been part of full houses in far flung places like New Zealand, Dublin and Glasgow where Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux have received standing ovations. It's a wonderful feeling but it's important to keep the momentum going.

"That's why we are delighted to be returning to the Customs House with three plays this autumn, the place where it all started for us with Good to Firm back in 2002. Our work has great support there."

Good to Firm, which runs from September 8 to 11, is a play about first love that broke box office records on its premiere.

Set against the backdrop of Grand National weekend, this gem of a comedy involves Bob and Shirley Fletcher who have been married for 27 years but Shirley has always disliked Bob's longtime friend, Phillippa - Bob's childhood sweetheart.

On her annual trip back home to see her parents, Phillippa pops in to see Bob. The play asks the question: Does first love ever die? The revival of Good To Firm is part of the Customs House's 15th anniversary and the venue's director Ray Spencer is putting on new plays and "greatest hits" to mark the occasion. Indeed, Ray, who was recently awarded an MBE for services to the arts, starred in the premiere of Good To Firm and its subsequent, much demanded, 2003 re-run at the South Shields venue. …

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