Preview: Happy Hour at the Bread and Roses Theatre

With their dark comedy Happy Hour, Award-winning company Something Underground will be helping you cope with any End of June heatwaves in SW4, by serving up (virtual) beer, spritzers, comedy and tragedy all in generous non-regulation measures as you witness the end-days of… a dream.

When publican Bernie’s ten-year-old son Teddy takes to prophesising the collapse of the industry, best mate Ronnie to smacking the children in the kiddies area, and wife Margaret takes to the toilet, for almost an entire Eastenders episode …Bernie starts to lose faith.

Happy Hour is the compelling comedy from writer/performer, Jonathan Brown, the hilarious, poignant, gripping and partly true tale of the very last moments of a pub, directed by award-winning Denise Evans.

Happy Hour, which received several 5 and 4 Star reviews in the Brighton Fringe, is one of Something Underground’s successful shows. Their other work has earned them Brighton Fringe Best Male Performer, Best Female Performer Award and nominations, Best New Play Award and shortlisting (New Writing South), amongst other accolades.

Jonathan, Artistic director of Something Underground, says, “Bernie wants his pub to be child friendly, a party atmosphere, a sort of… Santa’s Grotto, with himself as Father Christmas. But he’s so busy making his dream come true, that his own ten year-old son, Teddy…. doesn’t get a look in. Blind to his son’s need for love, his wife’s need for moderation and his best friend’s need for honesty, Bernie sails his prized ship, The Toby, directly and decisively, onto the rocks. The show is funny, full of laughter, but also poignant, with a lasting feel-good factor.”

Happy Hour is at The Bread and Roses Theatre 26th – 29th June 2018.

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