Simpkins and Eliza are firming up their purely professional relationship. She’s taken the role of PA (Private Assistant) but manages to get promoted to ‘Friend’, a position with a much larger salary.
Money is also changing hands in Newtown DFS. Fred is trying to make money to rebuild the pub and sells Anthony his grotty old sofa, claiming it to be a vintage ‘Helmstead’. Anthony wants to pay £400, but Fred manages to haggle it up to £401.
Meanwhile, Big Dick Johnson is out of prison, with AJ as his Parole Officer. He visits the bombed-out site of Gina’s pub and is shocked to find that she blames him for the bombing. A guilty Candi has intimidated Debbie, who knows the bomb was Candi’s doing. However, when Candi and Debbie appear at the bombsite to see Big Dick getting arrested for the bombing, Debbie speaks up and Candi confesses to her crime. She gets led away in handcuffs by her boyfriend AJ, and not in a kinky way…
Will Candi do time?
Will Fred and Gina rebuild the pub?
Where now for Dick Johnson?
Does the role of ‘Friend’ have benefits?
- Big Dick Johnson comparing himself to a squirrel
- Fred’s business pitch for a Yorkshire-based cream cheese festival called ‘Dairyleeds’
- Candi spelling her name, ‘C to the A to the D…’
Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! We had a great December doing shows in Bath, Bristol, Clevedon, Corsham and Cornwall, January 9th-11th we shall be in Salisbury! Join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!
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?
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!
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
Gina and Fred are doing some home decorating, which they find very erotic. They are also thinking about Eliza and how they can help her more.
Meanwhile, Constance is fed up with Simpkins trying to keep her safe in the hotel and has gone back to her penthouse, convincing pregnant pal Eliza to come and stay with her. Constance strips off to get in the sauna and doesn’t understand why Eliza does not do the same – of course Eliza cannot get naked because then Constance would know it was a fake bump!
Outside of town, on the deer reserve, AJ has taken Reg for his stag do before he gets married to Eliza. The deer go wild and they are carried off in a stampede! They survive that, but AJ is heartbroken to hear he is not actually Reg’s best man at all and goes off in a sulk. Later, Simpkins arrives and they get chased off again by the deer. They are driven to the edge of Newtown Gorge, AJ appears and tries to save them but…
Back at Constance’s place, Eliza and Constance see the scene played out from the local news helicopter’s footage, Reg and Simpkins have fallen! The shock sends Constance into labour, ‘Hospital!’ she gasps to Eliza. Two bodies lay at bottom of the gorge.
Will Reg and Simpkins have survived that fall???
Will Constance have her baby??
What other perversions do Gina and Fred have?
And how long will Eliza manage to fool every in Newtown???
Find out in Episode 17.11 on Monday 24th June at 7.30pm at The Wardrobe Theatre