Comedy play The Morning After looks at the nightmare of forgetting the night before

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Craig Fairbairn as Ben and Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Craig Fairbairn as Ben and Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

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A new comedy play is aiming to uncover what happens when you wake up with no memory of the night before.

The Morning After has been penned by East Boldon’s Rachael Walsh.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. From left, Mark Lamb as Greg, Patricia Whale as Sue, Craig Fairbairn as Ben and Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. From left, Mark Lamb as Greg, Patricia Whale as Sue, Craig Fairbairn as Ben and Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

The aspiring actor is also starring in the play at the Westovian Theatre, in South Shields, from Friday, June 26, to Saturday, June 27.

It follows Ashley and Ben, who wake up in bed together the morning after a night out with no memory of how they got there.

When Ben remembers his girlfriend Anna is coming over that day to meet his family for the first time, Ashley must pretend to be Ben’s sister to his girlfriend, and then his girlfriend to his parents.

As they try to get themselves out of the tricky situation, with the help of Ben’s hapless brother Charlie, the audience sees flashbacks of the night before and the events that led to their predicament.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Rachael Walsh as Ashley. Picture by Elliott Photography.

Rachael, 25, who plays Ashley, is staging the show through her own production company, The Witty Fools.

She said: “It’s coming together really well.

“We cast it almost two months ago but everyone has been busy with other things they’re involved in, so we’ve been getting together to rehearse whenever we can, and it’s been great to see it coming together.

“I’ve seen a lot of farces and romantic comedies and I wanted to combine the two.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Craig Fairbairn as Ben. Picture by Elliott Photography.

Comedy play The Morning After is being staged at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields. Craig Fairbairn as Ben. Picture by Elliott Photography.

“I thought of the ending first and wrote that, then wrote the beginning and filled in the bits in between.

“I think the dialogue is really naturalistic and it flows well. It was actually the easiest thing I’ve ever written because it just seemed quite natural.”

Rachael has staged another full-length show at the theatre, in Pier Parade, before, which she wrote with the youth section of the Westovian Theatre Society, called Dead and Breakfast.

She said: “I’m really excited about getting this play on the stage. The junior show was my first proper full-length play, but this is the first with my own company and without having a society or anyone else behind it, so the pressure is on a bit more.

“I think it’s one that people of our generation can definitely identify with. If they haven’t had that experience of meeting someone on a night out and having a one-night stand, one of their friends will have and told them all about it.

“But people can also identify with meeting the parents of your boyfriend or girlfriend for the first time and how awkward it can be.”

She added: “It’s been so much fun working on the show and the cast have all added their own lines and quirks to their characters that I would never have thought of. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm both nights, cost £10 (£8 concession).

It is suitable for those aged 14 and over.

l To book, go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/thewittyfools