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PlayGC Theatre Company presents
Written by Andrew McGuinness
Directed by John Davey
Lisa Day as Jill and Robert Gordon Clark as Geoff

Design by Ray Dunning
Lighting Design by Andrew Whadcoat
Sound by Gavin Jones
Wardrobe by Jenny Webb
Stage Manager Paula Robinson

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They say when you’re in a hole, stop digging. But what about buried treasure?

Geoff needs to dig because he’s losing his grip on the surface. Jill wants to help him. Yet what will the discoveries cost their relationship?

At 3am, as they grapple to unearth truths from their past, their future hangs in the balance. 

This is a touching new play about unearthing buried truths. In their rural home, Geoff and Jill are up at three o’clock in the morning, despite having a big day ahead. As they grapple together with discomforting fragments of their past and uncomfortable issues of their present, their future looks uncertain. The next hour of their lives could see their relationship change forever.

This beautifully-written, deeply moving play examines just how the emotions that bind us strain under the challenges of illness, and will leave audiences with a profound sense of their own humanity and vulnerability.

Director John Davey, says: "Andrew McGuinness has developed a moving story of family love and loss, and of things left unsaid: themes that will resonate for many. We are thrilled to be staging this at The Playground Theatre which is doing a great deal to support new work in London."

Tonight Will Be a Memory Too came out of The Questors Theatre's long-running Overnight Plays Festival. First devised as a 12-minute piece in 2017, Andrew McGuinness developed it into a 30- minute play and then PlayGC took it forward, working with Andrew and John Davey. After no fewer than three COVID-induced delays to this production at The Playground Theatre, it is being staged at last!

This one-act play features Lisa Day as Jill and Robert Gordon Clark as Geoff. The same production team staged a sell-out run of David Greig's The Letter of Last Resort at Jermyn Street Theatre, a play which they toured last summer to a range of England theatres in a Cold War themed double bill with Idle Discourse's Tales from Star City. Design is by Ray Dunning, lighting design Andrew Whadcoat, sound Gavin Jones, wardrobe by Jenny Webb and stage Paula Robinson has stage manager. 

Photography Robert Vass
Filming Gavin Jones
PR and Marketing Nina Flitman
Lisa Day as Jill

Lisa recently played The Prime Minister in David Greig’s The Letter of Last Resort on an England tour and originally at Jermyn Street Theatre, and played Chloe in a new play Can’t Kill the Spirit in a staged reading at The Playground Theatre, both for PlayGC Theatre Company.

She has been an active member of the Questors Theatre company in Ealing for over 30 years. Lisa has been filming in the role of Isabella Kempe in Into the Mystic and will be appearing in Glory of the Garden at the Shaftesbury Fringe in July 2023.

Robert Gordon Clark as Geoff

Robert recently played John in David Greig’s The Letter of Last Resort on an England tour and originally at Jermyn Street Theatre and recently played Charles Prime in the premier of Christopher Reid’s Six Bad Poets at The Playground Theatre. He is appearing in Glory of the Garden at the Shaftesbury Fringe in July 2023.  
Writer Andrew McGuinness

Andrew is a London-based writer and teacher. 
His previous works have included Five Card Trick (The White Bear, Soho Theatre), Luca’s Spoon and Hello Darkness My Old Friend (Questors) and The Company of George (The Space). He has also written the radio play Murder Most Monstrous (Fryer Prods.) short films including Snuffed and Round the Twist (Sports Cash Prods.) and has contributed a number of comedy sketches to the show Bernard,Bernard, I can’t feel my toes and Interference No.1 (Interference). 

This production of Tonight Will Be a Memory Too is his first official collaboration with PlayGC Theatre Company, having workshopped the play over the period of several years. 

Director John Davey

Has directed around 80 productions, ranging from devised pieces to Shakespeare including Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Colleen Bawn, A Penny for a Song, The Ride Across Lake Constance, Bartholomew Fair, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Our Country’s Good, Summerfolk, After October, Pelleas and Mélisande, Season’s Greetings, Martin Guerre, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and The Master Builder. He also wrote and directed The Glass Ménage À Trois, which won a World Coarse Acting Championship. He is a former Artistic Director of The Questors Theatre. For many years he taught Performing Arts at the University of West London.

He has directed both Kyoto and The Letter of Last Resort by David Greig at Jermyn Street Theatre and directed the latter on a recent tour for PlayGC Theatre Company.

About PlayGC Theatre Company

PlayGC is a London and West Country based theatre company. Our aim is to produce modern classics, rediscovered gems and especially new writing and through this to support young talent in the theatre industry. The company recently commissioned a new play by Dan Dawes, called Everlasting Cake which has had a staged reading at Portsmouth Theatre, and is looking to co- produce the first full professional production of Christopher Reid's witty poem Six Bad Poets which is to be directed by Anthony Biggs. The company will also be touring Glory of the Garden, a compilation of poetry, prose and music at the Shaftesbury Fringe and other West Country venues in the summer of 2023.


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24 MAY - 3 JUNE | 7:30pm 
27 MAY & 3 JUNE | 3pm
Running time: 75 mins
Interval: no
Recommended for 14+
Strong Language
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £23

Concession: £20

Access for All £20

Group Ticket of 6+ £20

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