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On the Beach/The Islanders - Pleasance Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A double-bill of acclaimed theatre pieces heralding seaside adventure and escapism, On the Beach and The Islanders, will visit the Pleasance Theatre on May 7, 2014, as part of an eight venue tour.

John Osborne – writer and star of Edinburgh Fringe, West End and UK Tour sell-out show John Peel’s Shed; writer and star of Radio 4 specials John Peel’s Shed, The Newsagent’s Window and Valentine’s Day (co-starring Peep Show’s Isy Suttie); and writer of award-winning books Radio Head and The Newsagent’s Window – performs his second solo show, On The Beach.

Having spent the past twelve months visiting British seaside towns, John Osborne documents a lunchtime walk along one such beach: charting the lives, loves, hopes and nostalgia all found down on the beach.

On the Beach has dramaturgy by Rob Salmon and videography by Alistair Sopp.

Amy Mason (novelist), Eddie Argos (lead singer of guitar band Art Brut, who’ve toured the world and had albums produced by Pixies’ front man Black Francis) and Jim Moray (multi award-winning folk singer-songwriter) collaborate in a Bristol Old Vic commission to perform The Islanders, an indie musical about memories, first-loves and growing up.

In the late nineties, teenage couple Amy and Eddie fled their bedsit haven of damp walls, smashed furniture and only-orange foods for a holiday on the Isle of Wight. Thirteen years on, they try to make sense of an island, a holiday and a much-forgotten relationship.

The Islanders is written and performed by Amy Mason and Eddie Argos, with music performed by Jim Moray and dramaturgy by Kirsty Housley.

On the Beach and The Islanders are presented by Show and Tell.

Tickets: £10/8 – available from the box office on 020 7609 1800 or online at www.pleasance.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Pleasance Theatre: Killing Roger, Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company’s new play exploring assisted dying.