The Last Resort - The Story



The Last Resort


The Story 
The Cast 
Performance Hints 
Staging Hints 


The Plays


The Last Resort 
A Mother's Voice 
Children of the Blitz 


The Story

The Last Resort, tells not one but several stories, which interweave with each other as the "day" at Ferryton on Sea unfolds.

The play uses a chorus and other linking devices - such as interventions from Bobby Brewster - the early morning DJ on West Coast Radio - to shift the attention from group to group and show the passing of time.

In the early hours we meet Vic Eastwood - the local milkman lost in his dreams of emulating his hero (Clint) before shifting our attention to Nellie Crabtree - an eccentric "woman of the road" .




Beach stall with every inflatable object ever made!

"Multicoloured umbrellas bloom and Inflated dinosaurs, hammers and bananas squabble, gibbeted beneath shop front awnings"

She is eager to share some of her "finds" with Mr Minesweep (possibly the dullest man in the world) as he sweeps the beach with his trusty metal detector

Soon, however, the traffic starts to build up en route to Ferryton and we join the Killjoy family stuck in a jam on the M5 - their rusting Ford Capri overheating in the sun. Nevertheless they remain determined to enjoy a family day out - "even if it kills them". They contrast with the Brights. Lost in 1950's optimism they too are  bound for Ferryton but have the time to enjoy tea and a picnic in a lay-by whilst watching the traffic go past.

Back at Ferryton, the beach shops open up and the donkeys arrive for a busy day on the beach - murderously intent on dumping as many children in the sea as they can. They look on as three old ladies struggle to get off a coach on the sea front - arriving for yet another day out at the seaside. As the day moves on the old ladies dark secret is revealed. Was the death of their husbands all those years ago really an accident?

The "lads" finally struggle from their beds to arrive at the beach, eager to move in on a group of "girls" out for a good time. In contrast, a young pregnant girl - running away to be with her boyfriend (so she thinks) is reflecting on the outcome of just such a previous holiday romance.

And so the day goes on. The families arrive to enjoy sandcastles and amusement arcades (except for Wayne Killjoy whose Capri gets stuck in the sand of the beach carpark as the tide races in). A group of surfers finally conquer their last beach in the west despite the sewage outfall. The seagulls fight over endless wrappers of fish and chips.

As day turns to night  the families depart leaving the resort to the young. Boy racers arrive on the seafront and weary bouncers reflect on the antics of the "lads and lasses" around them. In "Hollywood Nights" - Ferryton's premiere nightclub - the lads use their best moves and some strike it lucky.

In the small hours we follow a lad and his girl to the cliffs above the town. As their clifftop romance slips away from the shadows the pregnant girl emerges - her boyfriend nowhere to be seen. As she looks from the cliffs to the seas below she is befriended by another woman daunted by the prospect of a lonely future and together they decide that after a good cup of tea they will both feel a lot better.

Thus the day at Ferryton on  Sea ends  - with a new dawn and the sound of Vic Eastwood's milk float humming in a new dawn.

Note:This can really hardly do justice to the richness of The Last Resort - it is the briefest of summaries that can only give a flavour of what the play has to offer!