Dates and times

  • Thu, Oct 26 - 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct 27 - 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 28 - 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 29 - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 31 - 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov 1 - 7:30pm
  • Thu, Nov 2 - 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov 3 - 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov 4 - 2:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 4 - 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov 5 - 4:00pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


Adult $39.00
Senior (65+) $35.00
Student $25.00
Friends of The PumpHouse $30.00
Equity $25.00
Groups 10+ 35.00

Additional fees

Booking Fee $5.00 per booking

How to get tickets

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Starring  Lisa Chappell and Paul Glover
Directed by Janice Finn

Tadpole Productions brings you this clever play for two actors by well-known English actor and playwright, Jim Cartwright.  Set in a rundown local pub it takes the audience through a spectrum of human emotion, giving intimate insights into the lives of the colourful pub regulars.

Two great actors play fourteen characters, from the bantering and bickering publican and his wife to a womanising would-be Lothario and his long suffering girlfriend.  There’s the ‘other woman’, hiding behind her sunglasses, trying to drum up courage to confront her married lover; the old man who takes quiet comfort in his memories of his late wife; the fat couple who come to the pub to eat crisps and watch TV; while a buttoned up headmistress type reveals her secret lust for “big men”.  In a series of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, yet always incredibly human vignettes, each character or couple reflects fragments of ourselves as the play mines the depths of human experience.

You will laugh, you will cry – and you may need a drink……

“Brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic” Sunday Times, London

“There are laughter and tears along the way in this emotional rollercoaster” Manchester Evening News

“Warmly comic” Sydney Morning Herald

Q&A Forum with the cast

Join director Janice Finn along with actors Lisa Chappell and Paul Glover for a Q&A forum event immediately following the performance on Tuesday, 31st October.


NZ Herald: Glover and Chappell have the pitch-perfect comic timing required when they take on more humorous characters - a would-be Lothario and his long-suffering girlfriend; a prim and proper older woman who likes "big men" - but are also skilled enough to make the quick switches needed to portray, with the required compassion, sadder and lonelier souls. Read more » Theatre review: Demanding play enthrals audience at lakeside theatre Read more »

Theatreview: Chappell's diversity of voice gives each new character her own distinct sound, while Glover's physicality successfully sketches old, energetic and very young characters with equal success. Read more »

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