Players make a big splash
Making Waves - The Broughton Players - Preston Playhouse
‘Making Waves is a family drama written by Stephen Clark portraying the conflict between the great men of the RNLI who risk their lives to save others and the effect it has on their families.
Mike, played by Peter Howarth is head of the family and dedicated to his job as a lifeboat man after his father died many years ago at sea.
His life revolves around the job, never being more than two miles away from the boat all of his life. This obviously plays havoc with family life.
Janet Dawson is superb as Ruth (‘Mum’) who, after years of being stuck in the same old rut, has saved money, dreaming of the day Mike retires and they can make a new life for themselves in Cornwall without the call of the sea.
Will Mike go along with this plan?
Their children are Sam, Luke and Jo. Sam (Andy Wade) took himself off to America to get away from the kind of life his parents led which Ruth totally understands and looks forward to his visits home.
However, Mike cannot look at Sam as he feels he has been disloyal in not following his father’s footsteps and thinks only of himself. Will Sam ever be able to convince him otherwise?
Luke (Tim Butler), on the other hand, has followed in his father’s footsteps and takes the job every bit as seriously as his Dad but can he break the ties and be himself and not the son Mike wants him to be?
Youngest in the family is Jo, (Lauren Canavan) the stroppy teenager who, like Sam, wants to see the world and is set on going to Thailand much to the horror of her parents.
Into this mix is Helen, girlfriend of Luke (Julie Oldfield) who is finding she also has the same conflict with Luke as his mother had with Mike.
She feels Luke’s first love is the RNLI and she is just “his bit on the side”.
Will she be able to persuade him otherwise?
This play is so well written it had the audience captivated from beginning to end, enhanced by a cast of professional standard.
It is funny without being silly, serious in parts with strong characters, showing real conflicts and emotionally quite draining.
Praise indeed to the director Michael Hurey and producer Chris Gay.
The Broughton Players have excelled.