Casting has today been announced for the UK première of You Can Always Hand Them Back. The comedy opened in New Zealand in 2012 but will have its UK premiere at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre this June.
A celebration of the unsung heroes of any family – grandparents, the comedy musical is written by Roger Hall with music and lyrics by Peter Skellen.
Kate Dyson will be playing the rôle of Kath, a self-confessed old-duffer who wishes she had had more kids. Dyson has extensive experience with the National Theatre and appeared as Mrs Eynsford Hill in Trevor Nunn’s production of My Fair Lady.
Joining Dyson on stage in the rôle of Maurice is Paul Greenwood, whose credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court and the UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Greenwood is well known to TV viewers having played PC Michael “Rosie” Penrose in the sitcom Rosie.
Director of You Can Always Hand Them Back, Andrew Brakewell thinks the show will resonate with all ages.“We all have or have had grandparents, and more and more of us are experiencing the joys, the journey and the delights of seeing grandchildren grow, change and emerge from the cocoon of childhood and adolescence as fully functioning adults.”
You Can Always Hand Them Back opens at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester on Friday, June 13 and runs until Saturday, June 28.
Further information at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk