Serving up a meaty comedy in Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 15:46 15 September 2011




Newly-formed Rich Seam Theatre Company will be serving up their gritty new comedy, Beef at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, on Tuesday, October 4.

The play was first performed in 2009, but has been revisited by writer John Godber, with parts rewritten to result in this shocking, yet funny drama.

Beef tells the story of Dave Cookson, a man trapped in his own physique – tormented by schoolyard bullies, un-noticed by the girl he loves and laughed at by everyone else.

But he always wanted to be somebody – he wanted a body women would fight over and men would envy.

The only trouble was he couldn’t seem to do anything about it.

After hours in his home-made gym, Dave was getting nowhere fast. But then something happened to change his life.

Six years later, Dave is 17 stone of rippling muscle – it’s all training, all muscle, but still no girlfriend.

Dave is a walking time bomb, a danger to all he surveys. Yes, Dave Cookson got the body he wanted, but now he is losing his mind in a body he can’t control.

Bleak, funny and shocking, this is a story of revenge gone wrong in a world that doesn’t seem to make sense.

Beef stars Matthew Booth, a regular performer with Hull Truck, although he is perhaps best known for his days as postman Paul Marsden in Emmerdale.

Matthew has also toured extensively with Hull Truck Theatre in the past six years, including: Me and Me Dad, Beef, Our House, My Favourite Summer, Bouncers, Teechers,

Tickets are £12 and concessions £10 from 01245 606505.

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