Clive Brill and Frinton Summer Theatre


One For the Road
Written by Willy Russell

Directed by Vivienne Garnett
Designed by Sorcha Corchoran
Costume Design by Neil Gordon
Lighting & Sound Design by Pip Thurlow

‘Dennis, about to turn forty, is desperately trying to escape! Escape a middle-class existence he never imagined for himself. Escape a housing estate he hates for its uniform blandness. Escape his neighbours.

At the enforced birthday celebration he never wanted – with presents and guests he despises – he begins to crack and packs a rucksack! However, his attempts to flee are somewhat hampered by his bumbling parents, a phantom gnome-decapitating vandal and the everlasting love for his vinyl collection. Will he ever break free?

Filled with Willy Russell’s (Blood Brothers, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) wonderful one-liners and perceptive characters this play is full of laughs and insight in equal measure.


Patrick Knowles
Patrick trained at LAMDA and some of his theatre credits include: Imperium and Two Noble Kinsmen (The RSC); Look Back in Anger (Derby Theatre) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve Leicester). You may have also seen him on your screens in Call The Midwife, Casualty, Doctors, Holby City (BBC) and Murder On The Home Front (ITV).

Tanya-Loretta Dee
Her recent credits include playing a recurring police woman in Eastenders; One Life Stand (Paines Plough Roundabout) and OffWestEnd nominated for ‘Best Female Performance in a Play’ for Boots (Bunker Theatre).

Paul Joseph
Paul trained at the National Youth Theatre, Bretton Hall and Mountview. Paul’s credits include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Leicester Curve) and Jerusalem (West End, Apollo Theatre). He has also been spotted on the tv in Holby City and Doctors (BBC).

Verity Kirk
Since leaving RADA she has worked at Leeds Playhouse, Theatre Royal Bath, The Pleasance Theatre and The RSC, as well as co-writing and starring in her own play Nor Woman Neither, which will play at The Tristan Bates in London over November-December this year.

This is a transfer from the UK’s oldest Summer Weekly Rep Theatre – Frinton Summer Theatre.

Willy Russell is an English dramatist, lyricist and composer. His best known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers and Our Day Out.

Casting Director: Hayley Kaimakliotis

Production Manager for FST – Adam Smith’

Show Times

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm Saturday matinee 3.30pm


£30.00 Full Price
£20.00 Concessions available for Seniors, Theatre Unions, UB40/Access, Students (ID required)