Godber's New Departures Arrives for UK DatesDate: 6 August 2001
The world premiere of John Godber's new comedy, Departures, heads out on a major UK tour this Autumn. Opening at Sheffield Lyceum on 4 September 2001, this Hull Truck production will then call at a further nine venues.
The play centres on a couple called Jim and Claire, who find themselves stuck at a Dallas airport. On the surface they appear to be the perfect couple, but their domestic bliss begins to wear thinner as things progress. As their departure time is pushed ever further back, Jim's fear of flying is fuelled by a bottle of bourbon and the tension grows to breaking point.
John Godber was born in West Yorkshire in 1956, and later became an award-winning school drama teacher. He was subsequently appointed artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre and has won numerous awards, including five Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and Oliviers for Up’n’Under and Bouncers. His other acclaimed works include Our House, On the Piste and Big Trouble in the Little Bedroom. Godber is the third most widely performed UK playwright after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn.
Following the Sheffield dates, Departures will check in at Bolton, Mold, Buxton, Chelmsford, Wakefield, Scarborough, Hull, Greenwich and Kendal.
-by Gareth Thompson