Flutter – a new play by Justin Hopper
In a time of recession, the proliferation of betting shops on the high street has been a much discussed topic in the media. Are they places where punters can have a friendly flutter or destinations designed to give addicts their fix while robbing them blind?
Justin's first stage play, Flutter takes us into the world of the independent bookies through a small group of regular punters and staff: Rose, the bookie’s change-averse manageress and resident agony aunt. Dennis, whose past gambles were legendary, but who now only comes into the shop to see familiar faces and is happy to pay for his pleasures. And Tom, the frustrated family man convinced he has what it takes to turn his hobby into a profession.
A comedy with a serious edge, Flutter examines themes of risk and reward and uses the betting shop to reflect society’s concerns and the ways in which different individuals react to enforced change.