If your new year’s resolution to give up the booze, fags and late nights have already gone by the wayside, take some comfort from the fact that however ill-disciplined you are, you’ll almost certainly never reach the highs – or should that be lows – of the notoriously vodka-soaked journalist Jeffrey Bernard, late of The Spectator. He is the beating heart and throbbing head of Grove Park Theatre’s latest production – Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell – which runs from February 7th to 16th at the theatre in Hill Street, Wrexham.
The play features a career-defining central role as the titular hero – a mammoth near-monologue punctuated only by supporting actors playing a plethora of visions from the great man’s imagination. At Grove Park, this herculean task falls to David Underwood, the theatre’s artistic director, whose 2012 was notable for an award-winning turn as Arthur Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus.
As for the play itself, expect plenty of laughter, some moments of reflection and poignancy and a true insight into the mind of one of this country’s most original drinkers, sorry, thinkers.