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Alan Bennett’s Enjoy at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Alan Bennett’s Enjoy at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Set in Armley, Leeds, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy  is an unsettling exploration of northern working-class life. Featuring Marlene Sidaway and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown and Emmerdale’s Sian Reese-Williams.

The Cravens are one of the few remaining occupants of the last back-to-backs in Leeds. Mam is always singing and Dad spends his days repeatedly complaining about the cards life has dealt him. As the bulldozers inch ever closer Dad looks forward to a new start in a maisonette with underfloor heating and the last word in waste disposal, whilst Mam expects the worst so she won’t be disappointed.

The arrival of a series of eerily silent observers, noting the routine and customs of the inhabitants of the back-to-backs adds to an increasing air of menace and the sense that everything is not quite as it seems.

This funny, twisted satire is Bennett at his absurd and form-busting best. The show is directed by James Brining.

Enjoy is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 19th May to 7th June at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 – £28. Book online at www.wyp.org.uk or call box office on 0113 213 7700.

By Samuel Payne

Reviewer of Theatre in the North, including releases of classic film and television.

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