Canoeing For Beginners

 

First produced at the Customs House in South Shields (Newcastle). 

 

Beryl and Frank are in their sixties but they’ve never been able to manage money well. Frank comes up with an insurance scam to ensure them a comfortable retirement in the sun. But faking your own death isn’t easy - especially when you haven’t told your own kids and there’s a police liaison officer who never seems to clock off.  Beryl and Frank make a hasty escape and plan their new life from a seedy hotel room in Havana. It’s then that events turn completely beyond control. A dark comedy that builds to a frenetic farce with a surreal twist. 

 

(Any similarity to anyone living or pretending to be dead is purely coincidental.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Court Liverpool

 

 

Directed by Cal McCrystal

 

Designed by Sue Mayes

 

 

 

Cast:

John McArdle

Pauline Fleming

Angela Simms

Mick Ledwich

Harry Katsari

Stephen Fletcher

Åbo Svenska Teater, Turku

 

Swedish translation 'Paddling för nybörjare' touring Swedish speaking regions of Finland in Autumn 2014/Spring 2015. Included a run at the company's home theatre in Turku. 

 

 

Translated by Pekka Sonck

 

Directed by Dick Holmström

Designed by Peter Ahlqvist

 

 

Cast: Peter Ahlqvist, Bror Österlund, Monica Nyman, Daniela Franzell, Jerry Wahlforss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estonia - Vana Baskini Teater

 

An Estonian translation (Kanuusõit algajatele) toured in 2014/2015/2016

 

Translated by Andra Aaloe

 

Directed by Eero Spriit

 

Cast:  Ene Järvis, Väino Laes, Agnes Aaliste, Veljo Reinik, Martin Kõiv,

Madis Milling. 

 

Newcastle - The Customs House, South Shields

Cast: Pat Dunn, David Whitaker, Chris Connell, Laura Norton, Gary Kitching

“…marks Mike Yeaman out as a serious writing talent.”  The Journal

 

“Farcical tale told brilliantly.” 

Evening Chronicle

 

“All the hallmarks of a sure-fire hit.” 

UK Theatre Network

 

“Mike Yeaman’s follow-up to Lucky Numbers is a worthy successor and one that will provide a great night of entertainment for those fortunate enough to get tickets.” 

The Sunderland Echo

 

“It’s great to see a comedy that does everything it says on the tin.”

The Northern Echo

 

“Canoeing for Beginners’ is a comedy, drama and farce and Mike Yeaman displays great panache in writing dialogue for each of the aforementioned genres….a first-class production that boasts a consummate cast, a sparkling script and a plot that has more twists and turns than a corkscrew.” 

The Public Reviews