There were two wonders in our provincial town
on the cindery car park by the river
when I was seventeen – both August marvels.
First was the Century Theatre,
with its proper post war worthiness,
touring each year the north and the midlands
from the Five Towns to West Hartlepool
in three bespoke aluminium trailers
pulled by an ex-army Crossley tractor.
The same actress played Jimmy Porter’s
Alison, Sally Bowles and Elena
Ivanova Popova in ‘The Bear’.