2015 Archive

PASSING STRANGERS by Eric Chappell
November/December 2015

'Fickle thing, memory.' Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his friend Clive to a singles evening. Clive, a hospital porter masquerading as a doctor, has just been left by his wife, while Malcolm is a confirmed bachelor and 'big in imports' - really a market stall trader.
In the deserted hotel bar, to the depressing soundtrack of the next-door ballroom, they meet two recent divorcees: upwardly-mobile Julie and cynical, defiant Liz. Malcolm is determined to break down Liz's defences while trying to pair Clive off with Julie. But the women have a few tricks of their own, and Malcolm soon finds that life, like the evening, is full of surprises.
Written by Eric Chappell (Duty Free, Rising Damp, Home to Roost)
This 6 date tour visited FILEY, WHITBY, HALIFAX, BURY, PICKERING and BROUGH.

STAR MAKERS by Claire Spratt
October 2015

It's panto time at The Theatre Royal as we join the staff behind the scenes at the biggest show of the year. On the front line is Miriam who has worked as an usherette for 20+ years, but the tangled love life, (and anger issues), of teenage usherette Trudy leaves you wondering how they ever manage to sell any ice creams. Knitting-mad stage door keeper Pam is a direct link to the cast, but if Joe Public want access to them they have to get passed her and her knitting first. Including devoted autograph collector Kerry-Ann, who waits patiently every day for the glimpse of a 'star'. Attempting to run this roller coaster production is despairing, on edge, stage manager Kate, forced to put up with the constant moans and ludicrous requests from the cast, whilst trying to perform technical cues. Finally, the top of the bill, ex-tv sitcom actress Suzi Monroe - who was famous once...for a while...but is now unable to remember any lines! This backstage tour overflows with laughter, pathos and tenderness.
Written by Claire Spratt (A Little In Tents, Blitz Bride, Mrs York's Shelter)
This 4 date tour visited ELLERKER, METHLEY, BURY and FILEY.