THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER : 8.30PM (DOORS AT 8:00PM)
TICKETS: £30 (inc. Black Tie pre-film reception,
from 7pm, and after show party) OVER 18s ONLY
Genting Casino Westcliff, Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel Southend-on-Sea, Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments and Southend Arts Festival have kindly sponsored our Opening Gala.
Brighton brings together the crème of British character actors to portray Derek, Dinah, Dave and Doreen, two retired working-class couples who return to the titular seaside resort after an absence of 40 years in an uproarious attempt to relive their youth. Flashbacks to the 1950s reveal teenage Derek and Dave as a couple of lively cockney chancers out to pull as many girls as they could, and Dinah and Doreen down from London enjoying independence for the first time. However, strolling along the promenade in the new millennium, the aged couples present a grotesque reflection of their heady rock-and-roll years as they struggle to come to terms with the changes in society and themselves. And then their day takes a turn for the very worst.
Director Stephen Cookson has done a fine job of adapting Steven Berkoff’s controversial play, with its racism and homophobia tackled head on by a stellar cast, led by Larry Lamb, Phil Davis, Lesley Sharp and Marion Bailey as the hapless couples.
And, although the film is set at a ‘rival’ seaside resort, there is one line that will have us cheering to the rafters!
We are delighted that Director Stephen Cookson and stars Phil Davis and Marion Bailey, Producer Peter Keegan, Composer Gary Yershon and cast members Jamie Bacon and Hana Stewart will be joining us. Please check the festival website for further guest updates.