Small Tales consists of four pieces exploring the quirkiness and eccentricities of “ordinary” people. We look at their lives, revealing their delights, dilemmas, hopes and heartbreaks.
Paul Crofts (Ronald), Marian Newman (Dorothy) and Fiona Wheatcroft(Ruby)in a scene from “The Fighter PIlot’s Women”
The characters will be instantly recognisable, as are their situations, providing you with plenty of humour plus thought-provoking and moving moments.
Marian Newman as Susan rehearses a scene from “Joannie Next Door” & Stuart Evans will play Luke in “Ed’s Wake”
EXTRA DATE ADDED AS CHESTER BASED THEATRE COMPANY STAGES LOCAL WRITER’S NEW PLAYS
Characters created by a popular Chester Writer are to be brought to life on stage for the first time at a City centre theatre.
Chester based Theatre company Against The Grain will bring to life the characters created by popular writer Jan Bengree with the premiere of “Small Tales” a collection of 3 of Jan’s One Act plays at The Salisbury Studio Theatre at Chester Little Theatre. With an additional date added due to the demand for tickets, the show will now run from Wednesday 23rd October – Saturday 26th October at 7.30pm.
Directed and performed by members of Against The Grain, “Small Tales” is the second major production to be staged by the company, following on from their successful debut production, Jan’s “Wordly Women” which was staged at Storyhouse as part of the “Storyhouse Women” Festival, curated by Nicola Haigh. Small Tales will feature 2 new pieces by Jan, “The Fighter Pilot’s Women” and “Ed’s Wake”, together with the reprise of a much loved favourite, a monologue entitled “Joannie Next Door” which proved such a hit when first performed at Storyhouse in April.
Against The Grain was founded in April this year by a small group of local Actors, Writers and Directors, all of whom have made a substantial contribution to Chester theatre for many years, having been actively involved in many popular productions at The Forum Studio Theatre and Chester Little Theatre including Bouncers, Fawlty Towers, Shirley Valentine, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Habeas Corpus, The Flint Street Nativity, Breaking the Code, Useless Beauty, The Killing of Sister George and many more.
Speaking about the pieces which make up Small Tales, Jan said “I am delighted to be once again working with Against The Grain and to see the characters being brought to life as they make the transition from the page to the stage. Each piece has humour and pathos in it and characters with which we can all identify, in “The Fighter Pilot’s Women”, we have the sadness of a lost love as Dorothy (Marian Newman) reminisces about her finance, Ronald(Paul Crofts), a fighter pilot who was shot down in WWII and muses on what might have been. Dorothy is haunted by the ghost of both Ronald and his disapproving Mother, Ruby (Fiona Wheatcroft). In “Ed’s Wake”, we see Luke (Stuart Evans) confront the demons of his past as he returns to his roots in Liverpool for a family funeral after an absence of many years. When he meets up with his Uncle’s best mate, Rog (Mark Newman) in his old local (run by Irish Landlord John, played by Ray Bengree), events take a surprise turn. In “Joannie Next Door”, we find gossipy, nosey neighbour Susan (Marian Newman) keeping her beady eye on her “holier than thou” next door neighbour Joannie from the the balcony of her flat in a Liverpool tower block, but, is all as it seems?”.
Full details of “Small Tales” can be found at www.chesterlittletheatre.co.uk
where tickets can also be booked online. Alternatively, contact TicketSource on 03336663366(booking fees apply)
Theatre Company “Consider Themselves At Home” As They Stage Popular Musical at Mold Theatre
Following on from the success of their previous productions at Theatr Clwyd, Community theatre company The Dee & Alyn Gilbert and Sullivan Society are preparing to transport theatre audiences to Dickensian London as they stage a production of the smash hit West End Musical “Oliver!” at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at the popular Mold venue from Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November at 7.30pm with a Matinee performance at 2,30pm on Saturday 2nd November.
Based on Charles Dickens classic novel Oliver Twist, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, the musical which features songs including Consider Yourself, I’d Do Anything, Food Glorious Food, As Long as He Needs Me and many more, was originally staged in 1960 with the legendary Ron Moody creating the role of Fagin, the leader of gang of child pickpockets and thieves who befriend the orphaned boy Oliver Twist. Stepping in to Ron Moody’s shoes and making the role his own for this production is Joel Merry who has previously appeared with the Dee & Alyn as Guy Masterson in their production of “Guys and Dolls. Joining Joel as Fagin’s cheeky sidekick is Runcorn based Callum Eaves who is making his debut on the Theatr Clwyd stage. Oliver will be played by Ethan Roberts who melted hearts at Theatr Clwyd last year as Benji in Tip Top Productions staging of “Priscilla, Queen of The Desert – The Musical”. The cast also includes Kalyleigh Strong as “tart with a heart” Nancy who also previously appeared in Guys and Dolls alongside Joel Merry and veteran actor Rob Tolefree as Mr Bumble, Rob was most recently seen on stage at Theatr Clwyd as Alfred P Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” for Tip Top Productions.
The show, musically directed by Stephen Roberts will be co-directed by Ruth Roberts and Joni Rusling who said “We can’t wait to bring Oliver! to the stage at Theatr Clwyd, our cast and crew have worked so hard in rehearsals and we know our audiences are in for a real treat as we stage what is regarded as one of the UK’s best loved Musicals.”
31/10/19 – 02/11/19
Horrifying tales to tell in the dark.
Phil Cross and Brian Fray have been working together again on something that can only be described as ‘incredibly scary’.
Join us this Halloween for a thrilling evening which promises to scare you more than you ever thought was possible!
This is not for the faint hearted.
Times and Tickets
Evenings at 8pm
Tickets from £7 – book early to get the best price