ACTOR Robbie Lee Hurst took the plunge to plug a play which is the latest dramatic offering at a historic Tyneside pub.
January was hardly the time to take a bath outside but Robbie went above and beyond the call of duty during the first rehearsal of the play The Plughole (Life Goes Down the Drain).
It centres on the story of a man whose toe becomes trapped in a bath plughole and will be the fourth in a series of plays to be staged at the Low Lights Tavern on Brewhouse Bank at North Shields Fish Quay, the oldest pub in the town.
The play has been written by Peter Mortimer, artistic director of Cloud Nine Theatre Productions.
Robbie, who lives in Heaton, Newcastle, studied acting and drama at Newcastle College. He will spend the entire play in the bath.
“It is the strangest role I have been asked to do. It will certainly be a challenge and it’s going to be really interesting,” he said.
His stage wife will be played by Jill Dellow, who lives in Gateshead and who said: “ I play the manic wife but I have never been upstaged by a bath before and I’ll have make sure it doesn’t steal the show.”
Mr Mortimer said: “The Plughole recounts the bizarre happenings after the character Gravity gets his toe stuck in the bath plughole.
“It is either a deeply metaphysical play on eternal human dilemmas, a piece on the perils of ancient plumbing, or a bit of both. But it is nothing like TV soaps!
“I had wanted to use a traditional cast iron bath but they are so heavy and the bath has to be moved in and out of the pub during rehearsals.”
Peter’s hunt for a lighter bath was solved by North Tyneside Council, which just happened to have one handy. The last three plays at the pub have been sell outs and so an extra performance of The Plughole has been laid on.
“We are hoping to establish a pub theatre tradition on Tyneside,” said Peter.
There will be four performances, three with live music, and the fourth early-bird show will with come with free soup and a roll.
The dates are January 28 to 30 at 8pm and also 6pm on January 29.
Tickets are £6. They can be booked at Low Lights Tavern on (0191) 2576038 or Cloud Nine on (0191) 2531901. Tickets can also be booked online at cloudninetheatre.co.uk.