Get your teeth into bittersweet comedy


A bittersweet comedy by playwright Nick Lane is set to bring laughter and tears to an audience at Whitby Pavilion later this month.

Me and My Dad is being presented by Reform Theatre Company on Tuesday as part of a regional tour of theatres.

Dave Lees’ dad Pete is the sort of bloke who needs a recipe for toast.

The kind of guy who thinks that tortilla fought King Kong and that Tiramisu played midfield for Brazil in the 1974 World Cup.

In a word, he’s terrible. Good at Subbuteo; hopeless with spaghetti.

So when Jean, Dave’s mum, dies, Dave does the decent thing – he puts his failing acting career on hold and moves back home to teach his dad how to cook.

Fighting memories (and occasionally each other) and risking the sanity of relatives and neighbours, not to mention Dave’s girlfriend, the pair set to the task with gusto – well, Dave does – in an attempt to save Pete from a diet of pickled beetroot and jam sandwiches.

Not necessarily in that order.

Can their relationship survive? Or is this one kitchen nightmare even Gordon Ramsay couldn’t fix?

Me and My Dad is showing at Whitby Pavilion at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.