The Hebden Bridge Little Theatre team have announced their new programme for the coming year.
President Ray Riches says: “Our play reading committee have been busy and come up with an exciting and varied season with something for everyone.”
They open with Jim Cartwright’s “Two”, set in a northern pub with two actors not only playing the landlord and landlady but also a range of customers who visit during one evening. Director Vaughan Leslie says: “It’s a huge challenge for the two actors but the writer uses the device to explore the colourful lives of the pub regulars making us laugh and cry in equal measure.” It runs from February 23-28.
Spring has a fresh feel to it with two one-act plays written by theatre member Alan Stockdill, ”Godfrey’s Last Stand” features Godfrey who has nurtured the dream of umpiring an Ashes match at his local cricket ground. He gets his chance when he wins the lottery but can he get the idea past his daughter? The second, “Give a Little Love” sees a reunion of Bay City Roller fans who find that after their initial, joyful meeting there are memories revived that were best left buried. Alan directs his plays and says,” It’s great to see them have a full run after they did so well on the festival circuit.”
The Summer offering is Noel Coward’s hilarious comedy, ‘Blithe Spirit’ with its cautionary warning against toying with the afterlife. Director Steve Hirst says, ‘Its recent successful revival on the West End shows it’s lost none of its ability to entertain and amuse”
Amanda Whittington’s powerful new play ’The Thrill of Love’ is the Autumn production and gives the background story as to why Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in Britain. It looks at the chain of events, which took Ruth from dreaming of Hollywood, but ended in Holloway. Jenny Gore directs.
The season ends with a costume drama and a second play featuring a woman who lost her life for the love of a man – Howard Brenton’s ‘Anne Boleyn’, described as “a witty and often laugh-out-loud celebration of a great English heroine.” Ray Riches directs.
A season ticket offering five plays for the price of four is a real bargain. People can get one by ringing Sue Riches on 01422 843907.