Meanwhile, Candi gets to know Debbie, who has returned to town after some years. She has been living in a cave on Lyle Hill and is adept at making her own fun.
Well and truly the world’s longest improvised story, we have now arrived at Season 18!
We left last season with Reg shooting himself in the face, Eliza revealed as a manipulative liar, Simpkins’ life hanging in the balance, Gina about to marry Fred but now with no money for the wedding, AJ and Candi in a new romance…what will happen next? Come along and find out!
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Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale is hitting the road this Christmas! After our standalone show being an outstanding success this May and last Christmas on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, we are not only heading back to that great ship but also to venues across the south-west.
Steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings, hapless orphans, mean landlords, comedy, tragedy and the odd music hall number – every night will be an entirely new story that could have been written by Charles Dickens himself, on a very good day!
- Wednesday 4th December 2019 at the Rondo Theatre, Bath
- Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Tolmen Centre, Cornwall
- Sunday 8th December on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol
- Monday 9th December on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol
- Friday 13th December 2019 at Theatre Shop, Clevedon
- Saturday 14th December 2019 at Theatre Shop, Clevedon
- Thursday 19th December 2019 at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
- Saturday 21st December 2019 on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol
- Sunday 22nd December 2019 on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol
- Thursday to Saturday 9-11th January 2020 at the Salisbury Playhouse
Simpkins is being operated on, his life hangs in the balance but Candi is careful to keep that information from new mother Constance. Constance’s baby girl has a red beard and has been called Conkins. But the baby is in danger; Pablo, his cold dead body down in the morgue, stirs and makes himself visible to certain people. He is going to take the baby and give life to himself again. Only Candi, who loves and misses him greatly, convinces him he needs to do the right thing and give back the baby and stay dead. When Candi talks to the unknowing Constance about Pablo, Constance remembers Pablo fondly and imagines he is watching over her baby – she decides to change the baby’s name, to Pablina.
Meanwhile, Gina is incandescent with rage as she pulls out the bag of books and jumpers that had been Eliza’s fake pregnancy bump. She dumps Eliza down in the morgue, where Pablo appears to her and demands that she is honest about who she is. Eliza is desperate to get to fiance Reg before he is told of her duplicity, she thinks if she can shut up those that know, Gina and AJ, they could still live the lie and get the promised money from Constance.
But Reg has been told, he is devastated (not to mention the shock being bad for his recovering health!) and asks AJ to dig up the gun that was buried in the hospital gardens long ago. Eliza finds Reg and tries to get him on his own, but Gina and AJ won’t be shifted and there is a battle for his soul as Eliza tries to get him to turn the gun on his friends and his friends urge him to ignore her…He lifts the gun…to his own face and pulls the trigger!
- The moment the lights come up on Pablo Jones lying in the morgue – it was a real surprise for regulars of the show and the response, cheering and laughing, was immense!
- The touching scene between Candi and Pablo, she does not want him to go but knows he cannot embrace evil and steal the baby to live again – tears aplenty!
- Reg saying how any shock, no matter how small, could bring his paralysis back again. There is confusion when Gina tries to tell him about Eliza, he thinks she is talking about a big rock concert being cancelled and it nearly does for him…let alone the really awful news he is about to hear!
Will Simpkins pull through his operation??
Has Reg really just shot himself???
Will Eliza face up to her misdeeds and will she be forgiven?
Find out in Episode 1 of Season 18 on Monday 2nd September 2019 at The Wardrobe Theatre at 7.30pm