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Happy Jack, by the Hull Truck Company’s John Godber, opens at the Westacre Theatre on Friday, November 22.

Together for 60 long years, Liz and Jack are reflecting on their working class lives in a West Yorkshire coal-pit village.

Truthful and candid but also heartening and amusing, playwright John Godber’s down-to-earth but nostalgic ‘Happy Jack’ takes you through the couple’s delightfully detailed life events from first date to retirement.

Karen Bates (as Liz) and Richard Morgan (as Happy Jack)
Karen Bates (as Liz) and Richard Morgan (as Happy Jack)

Much loved stalwarts of the Westacre Theatre stage – Karen Bates and Richard Morgan – weave this cleverly written yarn of despair and devotion.

Through the good times but also beneath the bickering there is always an unbreakable bond, a real sense of affection that is often unspoken, between Liz and Jack.

Maybe we all need to see love revealed more than ever in the theatre and in our lives during these insensitive times.

Karen Bates (as Liz) and Richard Morgan (as Happy Jack)
Karen Bates (as Liz) and Richard Morgan (as Happy Jack)

Born into a West Yorkshire mining family, Godber wrote this piece of social history before the catastrophic miners’ strike of 1984 and all of Liz’s and Jack’s episodes are based on his actual family experiences.

Indeed the play, originally acted out by John himself and his wife Jane, highlights the awful consequences that many miners are left with long after leaving the pits.

With a ruthless exterior “Happy” Jack doted on his family but is now a typically grumpy old man.

Unafraid to show her frustrations, meticulously house-proud Liz cheerfully completes her chores according to a regular routine.

Godber is one of the most performed writers in the English language.

Two of his other works – ‘Bouncers’ and ‘Up ‘n’ Under’ – have already been huge hits at Westacre with sell-out audiences.

So tickets for the four performances of this homely and human tale are expected to be snapped up early.

Booking is online at www.westacretheatre.com or you can call the theatre on 01760 755800.

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