The Pump House Theatre is opening its new season with Alan Bennett’s dark comedy Enjoy.
Set in one of Leeds’ last back-to-back homes as the bulldozers approach, the play gives insight into the underbelly of Bennett’s northern upbringing.
Father of the family, Wilfred Craven, has an iron plate in his head after a hit-and-run accident and Connie, his wife, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Their relationship shows sign of strain as the pair bicker and struggle with their children - one of whom is a gay man and the other, a promiscuously heartless young woman.
A sprinkle of surrealism is added to the mix when a neatly dressed, but strangely silent council official, comes along to record the old couple’s way of life before it disappears But “Ms Craig” is actually a man in drag.
Although written in 1980, Bennett anticipates the burgeoning heritage industry, official snooping into private lives and even reality television shows.
Enjoy is often funny and absurd, but also occasionally disturbing.
As one of the great Alan Bennett’s darker comedies it still has all his witty trademark observations on life.
The Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Lower Watford High Street, Watford, WD17 2JP. Monday, September 19 until Saturday, September 24. Details: 01923 241362