A BREWERY boss is pulling out all the stops to make sure a play has the right stuff.
Jess McConnell, of Jarrow Brewery has donated a keg of real ale to a group of South Tyneside actors – so they can have a working pub on stage.
The Dark Side Of The Half Moon is being put on at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, this week for the first time since 2002.
The comedy thriller, penned by playwrights Neil Armstrong and Brian Walsh, was inspired by the music of rock supergroup Pink Floyd.
It tells the story of Trevor, the landlord of a traditional British pub, who’s trying to make the place a bit more modern to attract new customers, much to the dismay of his small band of misfit regulars – who revolt against his plans.
The show is being staged by South Shields-based Ion Productions.
Director Gareth Hunter said: “Jess has donated a keg of real ale and the equipment we need to have a working pump on the stage.
“I have to say a big thank you, because it’s going to make a huge difference to the overall look of the show – but I’ve made sure the cast are limited to two pints each a night!”
Gareth is being helped out by assistant director Jackie Fielding.
He added: “I saw the show when it was at the Customs House in 2002 and I loved it.
“I’d been talking to Ray Spencer about the shows that he’d love to see back at the venue, and this one came up.”
Writer Neil, who is starring in the show as Trevor, said: “I was really pleased when Gareth rang me up to say he wanted to put the show on again.
“Being in the show is a lot of fun. I directed it last time, so it’s been great to hand those responsibilities over to Gareth.
“The cast is lovely and everyone is really brilliant in their roles.”
Kylie Ann Ford is the show’s only female cast member and is portraying pub cleaner Shelagh.
Kylie, from South Shields, said: “Rehearsals are going really well and we’re having so much fun. I just can’t wait to get it on the stage.
“The script is so good and it’s just a brilliant show. I think the audiences will love it.”
The show also stars Bob Stott, Paul Dunn, James Hedley, and Keith Henderson.
The Dark Side Of The Half Moon is at the Customs House from Wednesday to Saturday.
Tickets cost £13, with £11 for concessions. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.