If your new year’s resolution to give up the booze, fags and late nights have already gone by the wayside, take some comfort from the fact that however ill-disciplined you are, you’ll almost certainly never reach the highs – or should that be lows – of the notoriously vodka-soaked journalist Jeffrey Bernard, late of The Spectator. He is the beating heart and throbbing head of Grove Park Theatre’s latest production – Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell – which runs from February 7 to 16 at the theatre in Hill Street, Wrexham.
The play features a career-defining central role as the titular hero – a mammoth near-monologue punctuated only by supporting actors playing a plethora of visions from the great man’s imagination. At Grove Park, this herculean task falls to David Underwood, the theatre’s artistic director, whose 2012 was notable for an award-winning turn as Arthur Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus.
As for the play itself, expect plenty of laughter, some moments of reflection and poignancy and a true insight into the mind of one of this country’s most original drinkers, sorry, thinkers.
Book your tickets now at www.groveparktheatre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01978 351091.
(Apologies to those who know someone called Jeffrey Bernard and thought the headline was about him!)