Adapted from the late Alan Sillitoe’s first novel, the play tells the raw, aggressive and unapologetic story of working-class life in 1960s Nottingham, as the events of protagonist Arthur Seaton’s Saturday night out and the Sunday morning aftermath unfold on-stage.Tamla, who made her professional debut as Lucy in The Inbetweeners Movie, plays the vulnerable Doreen, just one of the women (other than his wife) who Arthur seduces. It is Doreen who uses patience and emotional honesty to win commitment from Arthur by the end of the play.
Former Coronation Street actor Graeme plays Jack, Arthur’s foreman at the factory. Unbeknownst to Jack, Arthur has an affair with his wife Brenda who falls unexpectedly pregnant. It is Jo’s aggressive and sharp tongued Emler who helps Brenda to have an abortion. Jo is set to shoot the new Channel 4 comedy series The Mimic over the summer of 2012 in which she plays the lead role of Jean.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning runs at The Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester until the 7th April 2012.