The Right Thing
By John Turley
24 February - 1 March, 2014
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Frank is coming home soon from the war
Can he change and relax in to civvy life quickly
Frank was promised his job would be there when he came back
Alternitive employment as a debt collector
The set and Cast
Nelson, in 1945, is the backdrop for a new play by award-winning writer, John Turley. “The Right Thing” follows the fortunes of a Lancashire family battling with a time of change and uncertainty as the men return from war.
We see the main character changed by war, struggling to fit back in and accept the new order of things. Add to that the consequences of an all too familiar episode that occurred whilst he was fighting for King and Country. Tempers fray, patience disappears and all becomes volatile.
What will happen?
This is a play that achieves that rare thing – it grips you from the start, keeps you there, and you want to see how it concludes.
Will it be happy? Will it be sad? A play that will entertain all and strike some familiar chords.
John Cohen is returning to direct here for the first
time since Lovers at Versailles two years ago,
and has experienced the same hugely enthusiastic
and supportive welcome as before. He says that
this well-written play grabs the attention from the
first page and, as the writer is a local man from
Lancashire, he has had the unusual advantage of
discussing the play with its author from the earliest
rehearsals. Neil Simon didn’t want to meet up for a
coffee in Hebden Bridge to discuss his play, which
John directed! John Turley’s interest and involvement during the
rehearsals has been much appreciated.
John’s last acting assignment was in Duets for Keighley Playhouse and the next two will be Quartet in Huddersfield (where he claims he will have his work cut out trying to pass himself off as an old-age pensioner) and Shakespeare in Hollywood in Ilkley.
I am a typical baby boomer! Born in 1946, approximately nine months after
my dad was de-mobbed, I grew up in a post war world where the evidence
of war was all around. Bomb sites and bomb shelters (even in the school play
ground), ration books, conscription, war trials etc. Its legacy still suffused our
lives and yet, of course, my parents rarely, if ever, talked about it. They just got
on with their lives.
And now when I look back on their generation and what they went through it is with a sense of admiration and amazement.
Perhaps it is possible to sentimentalise the war years and, of course, not everyone behaved selflessly. But in so many ways it did bring out the best in people. They made huge sacrifices and displayed an amazing fortitude, determination and yes, sheer bloody-mindedness to survive and win through. And it was this spirit, along with a determination to abolish the pre - war evils of inequality, unemployment and poverty, which led directly to the election of a reforming socialist government and the establishment of the NHS and welfare state.
The Right Thing is a tribute to their generation, but at the same time it has to work in its own right as a drama that engages, moves and entertains. Hopefully you, the audience will feel that here at Bingley Little Theatre, in the hands of the director John Cohen and his great cast and crew my play has achieved just that.