DARK comedy play Saving Jason will be presented by Keighley Playhouse this month.

Peter Quilter’s play, staged from March 18 to 23, follows desperate parents struggling with the behaviour of their rebellious son.

The parents hatch a plan – as desperate as it is shocking – to convince Jason that his risk-taking could have serious consequences.

The production, directed by husband-and-wife team Mike and Debbie Ellison, is centred around a family who can no longer tolerate their son Jason’s hedonistic lifestyle of raves and Ecstasy.

They believe their course of action is the most prudent, but what follows is an onslaught of blame-making and finger-pointing as each character in turn gets ripped apart by Jason.

When Jason’s aunt and uncle get involved in this outrageous intervention, it becomes clear that Jason is not the only one who has secrets.

A Playhouse spokesman said: “As with all plans with the best intentions, chaos ensues and all manner of the family’s skeletons in the closet come out to play.

“The events which follow are, to say the least, surprising, and intensely entertaining. The dialogue is witty, sharp and telling. Events move on swiftly and capture the audience’s attention superbly.

“Created by the two-time Oliver Award-nominated writer Peter Quilter, this sharp and addictive comedy takes a wildly funny look at life in your typical dysfunctional family”

Peter Quilter’s many plays have been translated into 27 languages and performed in more than 40 countries.

His Broadway play End of the Rainbow, about the final months in the life of Judy Garland, has been adapted into a film entitled Judy starring starring Renee Zellweger.

His West End comedy Glorious! about the real-life opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, filled with Meryl Streep, was performed by Bingley Little Theatre.

Born in Colchester, he started his career as a BBC TV presenter on Playdays as well as acting in TV series including London’ is Burning.

His first play was all-female comedy Respecting Your Piers followed by a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost.

In 1999 he made his West End debut with a comedy about the pop industry, BoyBand the Musical, and his 2016 play 4000 Days starred Alistair McGowan.

Saving Jason is performed at the Devonshire Street theatre at 7.30pm each day.

Tickets are available by calling the box office on 07599 890769.