Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell


By Keith Waterhouse

KEITH Waterhouse’s gloriously funny and award-winning comedy Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, comes to the Co operative theatre on Monday 18 June for one week only.

Coming to after a heavy night on the booze, Jeff finds himself locked inside the Coach and Horses, his Soho local. After staggering from the toilet in which he had collapsed in an alcoholic stupor, he finds his way to the bar to spend the night recounting a life of gambling, drinking, womanizing and general debauchery. As he speaks, characters from his past wander in and out of the action to recreate sometimes dramatic, often funny and generally crude incidents that made him one of the best known as well as one of the most talented inhabitants of the newspaper world.

Playing Bernard, Alan Wales gives a multi-faceted portrayal that cleverly captures the intellectualism of a man with little faith in his own talents or ability to cement relationships. While his forefinger constantly hovers over a metaphorical self-destruct button, he worries increasingly about his own mortality and counters this by more booze, more women and gratefully breathing in alcohol.
This gloriously funny and poignant piece of theatre was created from Jeffrey Bernard’s contributions to the Spectator’s Low Life column. When Jeff was incapable of producing his column, the editor would print the apology – Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.

Please note: this production contains drinking, and strong language.

This show will be performed at the Co operative Theatre, Watersmeet Road, Wyken Coventry, CV2 3HX from Monday 18th June 2012 to Saturday 23rd June 2012.

Doors open at 7:00pm with performances starting at 7:30pm

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