Episode 17.9: ‘Uri Geller bends Fred’s mind’

It is a busy bank holiday at the pub. Eliza takes herself off into the snug for some thinking time, she wonders how she could have got herself into this mess – with everyone thinking she is pregnant with Reg’s twins when really she is not pregnant at all and is faking her bump! Later she thanks Fred, his fiancee Gina gave her the engagement ring he gave her when she proposed, as well as the money saved to go towards their wedding, to go towards looking after Eliza’s (non-existent) triplets after Eliza’s bookshop burnt down. Fred is visibly shocked, Gina had not told him she had done that, but he recovers and even seems to consider Eliza’s request for a job in the pub.

Fred spends some time in the cellar reminiscing about his lifelong obsession with Uri Geller. It turns out that Uri Geller once met him and hypnotised him, making Fred forget that he had ever met him and in fact making him forget everything that has just happened in the short-term when he reads the inscription in the front of Uri’s autographed book, ‘Remember me?’ Eliza uses this to her advantage, she is desperate to confess to someone about her fake pregnancy and how everyone is being so kind to her under false pretences – she tells Fred all and then shows him the inscription so he instantly forgets everything she said!

Meanwhile, AJ is being referee for a pub games competition between SImpkins and Constance – the winner decides whether Constance has total freedom (her wish) or whether she stays at home safe and sound to protect their unborn child (his wish). Their competitive nature takes off, AJ tries to get them to compromise and they seem to shake hand on it but really are just getting their digits in place for a brutal game of Thumb War!

Memorable Moments:

  • Eliza’s monologue about how she started off with making her fake bump with a cushion, then it was a pillow and the next thing ‘you are in the shopping aisle considering getting a double duvet’
  • Simpkins and Constance having a contemporary dance-off as part of their pub game Olympics
  • AJ enjoying the sun out in the pub garden and badly catching the sun (some hastily applied red lipstick supplied the sunburned look!)

Will Fred’s memory of that chat with Eliza stay buried? And what will he say to Gina about her giving away her engagement ring and their wedding money??

Will Simpkins and Constance get on the same page or will they continue to battle away?

Will Eliza’s conscience ever get the better of her of will she continue to deceive everyone in Newtown??

Find out in Episode 17.10 on Monday 10th June 2019 at 7.30pm at the Wardrobe Theatre

The Steampunk Mistress and The Time Machine

For our latest show on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Closer Each Day Company are delighted to be joining forces with the spectacular theatre company and fellow Bristolian institution Show of Strength (Best of Bristol 2018: Theatre, Bristol 24/7).  This will be a show unlike any other we have done before, taking people on a steampunk journey around the ship in different locations – the audience itself controls the time machine!

HG Wells has left his wife to live with his young, scientifically-minded mistress. He’s writing his first novel and if it fails he is finished. But luckily it’s the age of steam and we can rely on a machine, can’t we?

Fusing the scandalous private life of HG Wells with his first novel and other his fevered imagination, this will be a riot of humour and drama and nifty outfits.

Do not miss this singular show, from two of Bristol’s most exciting and dynamic theatre companies.

Sunday 30th June – Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm, entrance to the ship from 6.30pm, bar on board, ends 9.30pm. Tickets £16/£12 conc., get them here.

Episode 17.8: ‘FIRE!’

AJ is overdosing on Easter chocolate, on a sugar comedown he is angered to find out that there is another AJ in Newtown, the owner of the sweet shop on the corner. In a heated showdown (with us hearing the Scottish voice of Sweet Shop AJ but not seeing him), AJ Shaw is left victorious as the town’s only AJ.

Meanwhile, Simpkins is smothering Constance and barely letting her do anything to ‘take care’ of their unborn child. He brings Eliza round to be company for her, Constance feels they are connecting over their shared pregnancies – not she nor anyone knows that Eliza’s pregnancy is fake! While Eliza is out, Billy thinks he will be useful and help her in the shop, but starts a fire!

The bookshop is burnt to a cinder and Eliza is devastated. She blames Simpkins for making her leave the shop, and of course Billy for trying to boil an egg in the back room and it going horribly wrong. Candi passes by, there is still something bubbling between them but when Candi leaves her on the floor saying how manipulative Eliza is it is clear that the love has gone.

Fred and Gina had been egging each other on to rhyme all day, Fred tops off the rhymes by pulling out an engagement ring and asking her to marry him!  But when Gina hears about the fire, she feels for Eliza and does not want her baby to go without, so gives her the ring and promises all the savings she has got together for the hoped for wedding with Fred.

Eliza’s secret is getting worse and worse!

Memorable Moments

  • The non-stop rhyming in the pub!
  • The high drama of the fire!
  • Eliza and Constance eventually putting the fire out with their massive phallic hoses

Will Simpkins back off and let Constance breathe, or will he drive her crazy first??

What will Billy turn his hand to next and will it have the same disastrous results?!

Will this last event break Eliza’s silence or will she double down on her big secret???

Find out in Episode 8 of Season 17 at the Wardrobe Theatre on Monday 27th May 2019 at 7.30pm

 

Episode 17.7: ‘The Great Big Disappearing Baby Trick’

Constance cannot easily let go of the fact that Simpkins accused her of being pregnant with another man’s child. Eventually, however, her love for him wins out and they kiss and make up.

AJ and Billy are playing Warhammer, things gets intense and Billy takes it all too far when he becomes a goblin like one of the ones he was playing with. Fred takes a break from tending the bar at the pub (now that he is working there with landlady girlfriend Gina), and helps AJ track Billy down to the Newtown caves where they manage to calm him down and bring him back to himself.

Meanwhile, Eliza is frustrated by Reg’s flights of fancy – he is preparing to watch a cosmic meteor event that evening but has not done the laundry or anything that he said he would do. She has realised she has got herself in a very difficult situation – as she talks to herself, wondering where it all went wrong, it turns out that she is not pregnant at all! She has been faking her bump, she was trying to get back at ex Candi and now it has all gone out of control and Reg thinks he is a father-to-be of triplets, she wishes on the cosmic meteor that there was some way out of this mess!

Memorable Moments:

  • Simpkins, um, taking care of himself, while thinking impure thoughts at his computer screen…Fred comes in and sees a blob on his trousers, Simpkins says it is yogurt and puts it to the side, Constance later comes in and eats it!
  • Fred going down into the cellar on the hunt for crisps, and finding lots of ’70s memorabilia down there
  • The incredible jaw-dropping cliffhanger moment when we find out Eliza has been faking it all along!

Will anyone find out about Eliza’s big secret???

Will Fred and Gina become a dream-team at the pub?

Will Simpkins start his own line of yogurts?

Find out in Episode 17.8 at the Wardrobe Theatre on Mon 22nd April at 7.30pm

 

Episode 17.6: ‘One baby, two babies, three babies, four…’

Eliza tells Reg that they are not due to have twins after all, but triplets! Reg goes on a delighted and very financially-foolish shopping spree, spending more and more money until he mortgages the house and spends every last penny. Meanwhile, Eliza talks to Billy de Burgh in confidence and admits to him that there are no triplets at all, or even twins, but only one baby – the scan got it wrong but she just found herself saying triplets in the heat of the moment!

Billy has also helped AJ and Candi with some early counselling for their new relationship. The only thing is that it makes Candi demand physical fitness from AJ, which he just cannot manage, and inspires Candi to make more of the thing he most loves about her – her eyebrows, and she ends up, with help from Gina’s eyebrow pencil, looking like Ming the Merciless.

Simpkins is back in town and horrified at the changes Constance allowed his ex wife Rita to make to the decor of his hotel. All is forgiven, however, when Gina and Candi finally make Constance see she is pregnant – Simpkins is over the moon. But it is not long before darkness descends on his brain, he sees AJ trying to lose weight at the pregnancy yoga class Constance attends and he thinks back to the that time some weeks ago when Constance said she was going to help AJ get some sex skills.

Constance is devastated when Simpkins accuses her of carrying AJ’s child and desperately asks AJ to tell him it is not true. AJ visits Simpkins, declaring their innocence, Simpkins prepares to carry out his threats if this proves to be a lie.

Memorable Moments:

  • Reg’s shopping spree through Mothercare, followed by Simpkins’ joyous Mothercare trip later
  • Gina drawing on those mighty eyebrows on Candi’s face
  • AJ getting his tummy out and making it speak

Will Eliza confess to Reg that there are not two or three babies but only one?

And what will Eliza and Reg do now that Reg has spent every last penny??

Will Simpkins realise he really is the Daddy before it is too late???

Find out in Episode 17.7 on Monday 8th April at 7.30pm at the Wardrobe Theatre

Episode 17.5: ‘A cheesy twist at the end’

Gina is desperate for Fred to get the hints she is dropping him, she wants him to run the pub with her. Eventually it bursts out of her – Fred is really happy to be asked and says yes! They decide to rename the pub Gina’s.

Reg is preparing an engagement breakfast for Eliza, AJ comes by and gets some good advice from him – after drawing back from Candi’s passion he wants to be decisive and has a good practice at the bakery picking out baked goods in a firm fashion. Eliza and Candi have a tense conversation, things are still crackling between them but they both clearly want to show each other they do not care. While Eliza throws herself into her engagement with Reg, Candi gives AJ another shot – this time he is determined not to be scared off!

Meanwhile, Rita is doing up Simpkins’ hotel, completely changing everything about it. Constance is taken aback, especially when Rita insults her relationship with Simpkins, but is won over by the special disco lift…which they later get stuck in. They are only released when Reg and Eliza turn up for a celebratory stay. AJ and Candi have turned up at the hotel too, going back to where it all began for them

Constance has a real craving for cheese twists, Candi reminds her that the last time she had that craving she was pregnant! Constance gasps in disbelief.

Memorable Moments:

  • Reg and Eliza driving along, quoting dialogue from the Little Mermaid – Reg is the Little Mermaid to Eliza’s Flounder
  • The disco lift’s funky music, smoke machine and special lighting
  • Fred leaving Gina to get on with work at the pub while he goes out to the Go Kart Museum

What will Simpkins’ think of his ex-wife Rita’s renovations of his hotel??

Will Fred and Gina become a dream team as landlady and landlord of the pub?

Is Constance really pregnant???

Find out in Episode 17.6 at 7.30pm on Monday 25th March 2019 at The Wardrobe Theatre