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Playwright promises lots of monkey business

simian about town ... Customs House executive director Ray Spencer gets in the mood for the forthcoming comedy show Frank Sumatra.
simian about town ... Customs House executive director Ray Spencer gets in the mood for the forthcoming comedy show Frank Sumatra.

An award-winning North-East playwright is returning to South Tyneside with some monkey business next week.

Mike Yeaman brings his latest show, Frank Sumatra, to the Customs House in South Shields on Monday.

Imagine Paddington Bear gone wrong – and not a bear.

Mike Yeaman, playwright

The dark and surreal comedy is performed live in the style of a radio drama.

Mike – whose previous plays, Lucky Numbers and Canoeing for Beginners, have been performed all over the world – said: “I’m thrilled to be back at the Customs House with my new play. Imagine Paddington Bear gone wrong – and not a bear.

“Bev and Keith are a nice young couple who do their bit for the environment.

“They have a weekly organic veg box delivered and pay £10 a month to the World Wildlife Fund to sponsor an orphaned baby orang-utan in a Sumatran ape sanctuary.

“They’re also trying very hard to have a baby of their own to make life complete.

“But then their orang-utan turns up on the doorstep in search of his adoptive parents.

“The cute baby on a website is now a lolloping 13st of hair and muscle.

“Frank soon has his grippy feet firmly under the table and Bev and Keith are flung into parental angst dealing with a belligerent teenager with no moral compass.”

Lucky Numbers, starring Hebburn’s Pat Dunn, attracted a turnout of hundreds at the venue in October, and Customs House executive director Ray Spencer is looking forward to seeing Mike’s latest show.

He said: “We’re delighted to have Mike back with us next week.

“It sounds like a somewhat surreal piece, but with Mike at the helm, it’s sure to be a must-see.”

Tickets for Frank Sumatra, starting at 8pm, are £11. They are available from the Mill Dam venue’s box office on 454 1234 or by visiting www.customshouse.co.uk

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