No Job for a Woman by Jamesine Cundell-Walker
At the age of 80, Fanny looks back on her life in Armley. She is a feisty old lady with a great sense of humour. Once a skilled weaver in the textile mill, she lived a small, parochial life but dreamed of more for herself and her children. Fanny’s story embraces the sadness of World War One, the strength and humour of a close knit community and the changing role of women in the twentieth century and the ironies of life. The playwright Jamesine Cundell Walker herself grew up in Armley. As the home of Alan Bennett and Barbara Taylor Bradford it has already provided much artistic inspiration. Jay has used the myths of her own family in Armley to create a new narrative based on an assortment of truth and fiction. This is much more than a war play, it is a play about women’s ongoing struggle to make their mark on history. A Jaywalkers presentation. Complimentary glass of wine during the interval. This play is extra to our season and is not part of our subscription scheme for members.
13th – 17th June 2017
Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig
It’s a very important night for Henry Saunders — General Manager of the Grand Opera Company, Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders is beyond stressed about everything turning out right, and insists that his assistant, Max — a nervous, young fellow and secret tenor — watch over Tito’s every move to ensure smooth sailing. After a huge fight with his fiery, Italian wife Maria, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers through a series of mishaps. Throw in Diana, an ambitious, female co-star; Maggie, Max’s giddy girlfriend; Julia, a flirty head of the opera guild; and a meddling bellhop fighting for Tito’s attention. Together, you have a recipe for comedic disaster. Max navigates the company through one catastrophe after the next — an angry wife, a death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads and loads of slamming doors and mistaken identities. Together, Max and Saunders must find a way to save the Opera Company’s big night in this classic farce.