Play Readings: Spare Change

From 29th May 2019
Aldeburgh Festival 2019

James McDermott in association with HighTide and Eastern Angles present a reading of Spare Change.

Since Don’s wife died last year, he and his son Titch have neglected their Norfolk amusement arcade. Don wants to restore it and find love again but he can’t find the drive or get over his grief. Titch wants to find a fella but he’s too busy taking care of Don and too scared of relationships since the only person he ever loved, Mum, died on him.

As Summer season approaches, to help them spruce up the arcade Don and Titch employ the help of black cleaners Mags and her gay son Kane who have just moved to Norfolk for a new start after fleeing Mags’s bigoted abusive ex in London.

Don and Titch want Mags and Kane to help them restore the arcade to how it was before Don’s wife died. Mags and Kane want them to see that the only way to make their business thrive today is to renovate it. Don and Mags are attracted to each other. Titch and Kane are attracted to each other. But they’re all scared of articulating or acting upon their feelings because of past loss or abuse…

Spare Change is a comedy drama written by James McDermott (Rubber Ring) about the sexually and ethnically diverse intergenerational staff of a Norfolk arcade struggling to take gambles and learning to live with, learn from and love each other.

Details: Fri 13 September, 5.30pm at Church Hall

Running time: 1h