Royal Court Liverpool are starting 2015 with a great new comedy – Canoeing For Beginners by Mike Yeaman!
The show is based around the story of a man who fakes his own death by getting into a canoe and paddling out of Crosby Marina. His wife is ready to claim the insurance money but she needs to keep her nerve as the police and their two grown up children are sticking their oar in!
The story may sound familiar but any similarities to persons living or pretending to be dead are entirely coincidental.
Yeaman was last at The Court with the brilliantly funny lotto comedy Lucky Numbers back in 2010. The North Easterner is delighted to be back in the North West again.
The show will be directed by Cal McCrystal who was recently the Comedy Director for One Man Two Guvnors at The National Theatre. He has also been a Physical Comedy Consultant on Hollywood films such as Spiderman 2, The Dictator, World’s End and the recent Paddington Bear movie.
The cast has been confirmed as: Pauline Fleming (Coronation Street), Harry Katsari (Comedy Of Errors), Michael Ledwich (Scouse Of The Antarctic), John McArdle (Brookside, Mersey Beat) and Angela Simms (Ladies Day).
Drowning in debt? Looking for a way out? When you are up the creek, the best thing that you can do is paddle!
Frank has had enough. After years of struggling to keep his head above water he’s splashed out on a new canoe and departed this life from… Crosby Marina. His wife Beryl knows that Frank is in a better place. Well, not right now – because he’s hiding in the shed. But soon the pair of them will be relaxing in Cuba and spending the life insurance money!
It’s a perfectly planned insurance scam and everything will go according to plan if they can keep it under their sunhats for a few more days. With two grown up kids trying to help and a persistent policeman sticking his nose in that might be trickier than they thought!
Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Royal Court Liverpool, really enjoyed the script, he said “As soon as I read this one I knew that it was a great fit for the Royal Court. Lots of big laughs all the way through. We really enjoyed working with Mike last time and Cal has got some great ideas to make this one of the funniest Royal Court shows yet!”
Canoeing For Beginners will run from Friday 30th January to Saturday 28th February 2015. Tickets and information are available from www.royalcourtliverpool.com or on 0151 709 4321.