Big Dick Johnson is still in prison and as further punishment for misdemeanours he is sentenced to spend Halloween, his favourite festival, in the prison’s treehouse. There he recounts ghostly tales to a skull he assumes to be Pablo.
He tells the tales of ‘The Cursed Potato Waffle’, ‘Candi the Vampire Slayer’, ‘AJ’s Spicy Sausage’. ‘Why-O-Ming’ and ‘Silence of the Alice Lamb’.
Debbie and Anthony have been getting intimate on Eliza’s sofa, but Debbie spoils the mood by revealing she is Fred’s former lover. She goes to see Fred for the first time in nine years. They find the flame is still burning strong between them, even though he is now engaged to Gina.
Meanwhile AJ and Candy are discussing different things that make them angry. AJ gets worked up and goes on an Incredible Hulk-esque rampage, tearing his clothes and menacing local pigeons.
At the pub, Gina and Eliza decide put their recent quarrels behind them and become friends. As they chat, a misunderstanding appears. Gina thinks Eliza fancies Debbie and says she’s ‘fine’ with that, but this is misconstrued as Gina being ‘fine’ with Debbie and Fred rekindling their relationship. There is a tense showdown between Gina, Fred, Debbie, and Anthony about who’s with who. However, tensions are defused when a few tentative chin strokes turn seamlessly into a four-a-side love-in…
Is this the beginning of a Newtown love quadrangle?
Will AJ use his newfound rage for good or evil?
How is Eliza’s latest erotic novel coming along?
Find out in Episode 5 of Season 18 on Monday 11th November 2019 at the Wardrobe Theatre
After the destruction of her caravan home in Oldtown, Gina has gone feral, eating rats and defending her pit against enemies.
Back in Newtown, AJ and Anthony bond over their shared love of Hugh Grant, but Simpkins warns Anthony away from AJ, ‘that utter, utter gobshite’.
Candi and Fred rush up the M1 in the Daewoo Matiz to rescue Gina, enjoying much Dido on the way. After some heartfelt cajoling, they convince Gina to return home with them.
Meanwhile, Eliza has let Debbie come and stay with her and they form a friendship. Anthony pays a visit and there is a spark of romance between him and Debbie. Their reading of Eliza’s erotic novel is interrupted by Gina’s sudden arrival. She has come to make peace with Eliza, but when Anthony casually announces that it was he who ordered the destruction of her home, Gina screams and begins to strangle him…
Will Gina kill Anthony?
Is Fred going to become a Dido tribute act?
When will Eliza publish ‘The Seven Tentacles of Sin’?
Gina has left Newtown and returned to her roots in Oldtown, North East Lincolnshire. She takes in the sights and sits in her old abandoned house, but feels lonely.
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.
Eliza is hanging out with AJ, her only remaining friend. However, when Candi, his girlfriend (and her former girlfriend) appears, Eliza panicks and hides behind AJ’s one-hob oven. Candi becomes suspicious, but lets it drop and takes Debbie to the zoo. Debbie reciprocates Candi’s friendship with the gift of some aphrodisiac tea to spice up her relationship with AJ.
Simpkins is showing Anthony round his hotel and they form a firm and business-savvy friendship. Anthony owns a derelict housing estate in Oldtown which is scheduled for demolition later today. Outside, they come across Eliza, who has escaped AJ’s via the sewer system. The three form a business plan to fund the building of a new concert hall, but Eliza will only chip in if Simpkins and Anthony help her ruin her former lover Candi’s new relationship.
Back in Oldtown, Gina is sitting with a mug of tea in her old house, when suddenly there comes the sound of an approaching bulldozer…
Will Gina survive the demolition of her home?
Will Simpkins and Anthony agree to ruin Candi and AJ’s relationship?
How will Debbie adjust to life outside a cave?
Is it still £4.50 for a coffee at the pub?
Reg is dead. Devastated when Eliza’s pregnancy was revealed as a sham, he shot himself. Whilst the rest of the community mourn, Eliza is ostracised and begins to plan a new life by finding her true self.
At the funeral, Reg’s estranged brother, Anthony appears, expressing a wish stay in town awhile. AJ tries to reach out to Eliza and persuades her to come to the wake. However, this leads to a a violent confrontation with Gina, who blames her for Reg’s death. Back at AJ’s flat an angry Eliza smashes one of his favourite Warhammer figurines – has he made the wrong kind of friend? Later, Fred and Gina discuss the recent dramas and Gina decides to ‘leave town for a bit’, departing in a way that makes Fred feel rather concerned about the state of their relationship. While he sits alone, someone from Fred’s past suddenly appears at the door. Debbie is back in town..
In other news, the pub now does coffee.
Who is DEBBIE?
What is ANTHONY up to?
Is it really £4.50 for a large cappuccino? £4.50?!
Find out in Episode 2 of Season 18 on Monday 16th September 2019 at the Wardrobe Theatre at 7.30pm
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