Production of April in Paris from Perth Theatre and the Tron

Production of April in Paris from Perth Theatre and the Tron

John Godber's bittersweet comedy was written 21 years ago

It’s been 21 years since acclaimed playwright John Godber wrote April in Paris, his bittersweet comedy about Bet and Al, a frustrated married couple from Hull who win a trip to the French capital. But the play still feels relevant today.

‘I got a real sense in Hull, where I still live, that opportunities for people were becoming fewer and far between,’ Godber says of why he wrote the play. ‘If you walked into any newsagent’s, most of the magazines for women were offering you the opportunity to win a life experience. People were struggling, recession had hit – especially in East Yorkshire in the building trade. So it became quite clear to me that there was an obsession with winning opportunities. I think we’re still there.’

In March, Perth Theatre and the Tron will launch a new production of April in Paris. According to director and designer Kenny Miller, ‘At the end of the day, it’s about things that we all know about. It’s about our relationships and how they break down. Bet and Al get so used to each other, so they go in opposite directions and don’t really notice until it’s too late. They do still love each other – they just don’t know how to communicate.’

Perth Theatre, Perth, Fri 15–Sat 30 Mar; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 3–Sat 13 Apr

April in Paris

Veteran English playwright John Godber's story of a marriage on the backslide given an injection of joie de vivre after the moderately happy couple, Al and Bet, win a trip to Paris in a magazine contest.