Celebrate the Swinging 60’s on stage with this hilarious new comedy drama
At a time when many are looking back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles debut album, and the wave of ground-breaking musicians that came after, there is a new live show taking to the highways of Yorkshire and the North-east, that celebrates the fashion, music and teenage optimism of the Swinging 60’s.
Eddie and the Gold Tops is an original comedy from Kate Bramley and the Badapple Theatre On Your Doorstep project, that excels in taking high quality comic drama to the smallest of venues.
‘catchy songs….extremely funny!’ was the review from The Stage newspaper when the play was first on tour in the Spring of 2012.
Written and directed by Kate Bramley who worked for many years for the highly acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre Company, Eddie and the Gold Tops has original songs and music by Geordie songwriter Jez Lowe, SONY Radio Academy Award Winner and resident songwriter for the BBC’s Radio Ballads series.
This tale follows our Eddie a much loved milkman, from a family of great Italian milkmen, who in the frenzy of 1963 music fever becomes a Beat group star, quite by accident.
Eddie inherited the family milk round from his father, and has fulfilled his deathbed promise to never miss a delivery for the good people of the village. But suddenly things are on the up! His songs are heading up the charts and if he can get there by tonight he’ll be on Top of The Pops…..
So, get ready, Eddie, go! You’re heading for the high life, with the fabulous Gold Tops behind you every step of the way! But when things take a churn for the worse, how will he get back for the morning milk?
Starring Robert Angell (from BBC’s Waterloo Road), Aiden Lee Brooks and Kaitlin Howard.
Established in 1998, Badapple Theatre specialise in inventive new comedy specifically designed for rural touring, with shows premiering at their ‘Theatre On Your Doorstep’ network in their native North Yorkshire before embarking on national tours.
30th Oct Hutton Rudby Village Hall TS15 0EJ £10 7.30pm 01642 701744/ 01642 701586
Wed 31st Oct Saltburn Community Hall TS12 1JW £8.50 / £6 child (family show) 01287 624997/ 01423 339168
Press for ‘Eddie and the Gold Tops’
‘Kate Bramley’s new comedy for Badapple Theatre is a warm-hearted tale set in the 1960’s. Having lived through the 60’s isn’t necessary to enjoy the show- or you can take your Mum along! Eddie is the village milkman, a pleasingly naive hero, who becomes a pop star. (Jez Lowe’s) songs are redolent of the period and catchy… enjoyably and stylishly staged and cry out for audience involvement. The story’s denouement is agonisingly drawn out and extremely funny.’ The Stage
‘This was a really terrific show. It had an integrity and consistency that is quite rare: a strong plot that was simple, clear and convincing but also witty and funny; wonderful performers convincing us with a range of well-portrayed characters; excellent singing; very effective set (that piece of set with its system of opening doors/windows/hatches was like a rubik cube! Brilliant concept for a tour); seamless lighting and sound. All in all, a memorable show. A lotof the audience, who were our old faithful, said they felt it was one of the best Centre Stage shows we have had. Village Ventures
Press for Badapple Theatre:
‘one of the best touring companies in the region’ NORTHERN ECHO
‘If you get a chance to see this show do, for it is an engaging and uplifting experience’ YORK PRESS on ‘Back to the Land Girls’
‘Badapple…..takes theatre into the heart of local communities’ YORKSHIRE POST