Relationships on the rocks

The latest play at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre has put the cast all at sea.

Making Waves begins its week-long run on Monday, December 3.

Mike, an RNLI coxswain approaching retirement, is wedded to the boat, which relegates his wife, Ruth, to a poor second.

This way of life seems set to be repeated by his son, Luke, whose girlfriend fumes that she might get more attention “if she were painted orange” and had an aerial sticking out of her head.

The pressures of maintaining a relationship in a constant state of interruption are evident: a distress call can come at any time, causing a trolley of groceries to be abandoned mid-aisle or, during a fancy dress fundraiser, sending the crew out dressed as the Village People.

While the lifeboat men are honoured to observe the two-mile rule which keeps them close to their stations, Mike’s eldest son Sam has opted to flee away as far as possible.

As his father and brother battle the bitter North Sea waters, he crests the dotcom wave in the States until he returns home for the first time in five years, whipping up a family storm of force-nine proportions.

Performances begin at 7.30 nightly, from December 3 to December 8 inclusive. Box office: 01507 600350.