When the call came to help a new playwright stage her debut production, baker Brian Clement was confident of rising to the occasion.
Doughnuts are at the centre of Sweet N’Sticky, the first play by Joanna Rimmer, who is retired and lives in Gosforth in Newcastle.
A supply of hundreds of doughnuts was needed for the 10-day run of performances and Brian was approached to produce the goods.
He runs the J Scott bakery business in Eastbourne Gardens in Whitley Bay with his brother David.
AS well as the doughnuts which will be downed by the cast, they will also be handed out to audience members who fancy joining in the eating action.
Brian is well placed to meet the challenge, for when he finishes his daily bakery output, he turns his hand to making wedding, birthday and novelty cakes.
That means creating one-off cakes ranging from re-creations of people’s dogs to Formula One racing cars, cycles, motor bikes, caravans to a 2ft long articulated truck.
“For David’s wedding we wanted something special. I did the cake in the shape of a pyramid and getting the angles right was a complex business,” said Brian.
Joanna’s play opened today at the Low Lights Tavern on North Shields Fish Quay and will continue tomorrow and Wednesday with performances at 6pm and 8.30pm.
It will then move on Thursday for a sell-out date at the Surf Cafe and in Tynemouth before continuing with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Under the Dome festival at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.
Brian and wife Barbara will take in one of the Dome dates.
“It will be strange seeing my doughnuts on stage but I was happy to help,” he said.
Joanna attends the women-only Carte Blanche writing group in Newcastle.
She wrote her play after taking part in a theatre writing workshop course run by Cullercoats-based Cloud Nine Theatre.
She said: “It’s about a couple, Danny and Debs, whose marriage is a little jaded and he takes part in a doughnut-eating competition at his local pub as a way of impressing his wife.
“But the contest organiser happens to find Debs more than a little tasty.”
On the same bill is a new comedy by Peter Mortimer called The Young Man, The Old Woman and The Roof.
It centres on a roofer who offers to fix the women’s slates.
“There will be doughnuts in profusion for Sweet N’Sticky cast and audience but, alas, no free roof slates,” said Peter.