A word-of-mouth hit musical comedy returns to the city of its premiere this month. Going Grey by Yorkshire writer ECR Roberts will play York and venues across North Yorkshire before heading to London for a final three nights.
The cast played to a full house every night last year when Going Grey made its debut in York. Audiences loved its 16 catchy songs, most of which are comedy numbers.
The 2013 revival includes some new choreography. York director Mike Hickman is in charge of the action this time round. “I saw the show last year and thought it was great. I would’ve been mad to say no to directing such a lovely, human piece of writing with such memorable songs,” he said.
Going Grey tells the story of York café owner Helen trying to cope with everyday life after being widowed. She is helped and hindered along the way by many characters.
Some of them care more about finding her a new man than offering their sympathy, others prefer flirting with her customers to paying her attention, and one harbours a secret desire for her, despite being half her age.
When a love interest comes in the form of local writer Philip, Helen is thrown into turmoil. Then, on top of everything else, she discovers she is going grey.
Many cast members are returning to reprise their roles with some new members joining the ranks. Newcomer Benjamin Lindley has the challenge of playing four different parts over the course of the musical. In several scenes he has to transform from heartthrob food delivery man to Scrabble obsessed nerd.
Among the North Yorkshire performing venues is the village hall at Robin Hood’s Bay. Writer E.C.R. Roberts says “We wanted to perform there because it is the setting for the second half of Act 1 and is the home of leading man, writer Philip Stevens.
“There is a scene where everybody goes to the village hall for a salsa dance so it will be great fun to perform it in situ.”
Drip Drop Theatre brings Going Grey to the Friargate Theatre, York, on Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24. You can also catch it at Ripley Town Hall (July 18th), Kirkby Malzeard Mechanics Institute (19th) and Robin Hood’s Bay Village Hall.
Then the show heads south for three performances at the London Waterloo Network Theatre.