Writer saves drama group from disaster
A former professional actress who has turned her hand to writing has come to the rescue of her West Lindsey amateur dramatics troupe.
Kim Newby stepped in with the traditional 'show must go on' spirit when Gainsborough Theatre Company's scheduled production hit the buffers.
A series of unfortunate incidents caused the hard-working group of thespians to cancel their planned show Trivial Pursuits.
But award-winning playwright Miss Newby stepped into the breach and offered two one-act plays she'd previously written as instant replacements.
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So the 'substitute' shows mean that the GTC run from Monday, November 26 until Saturday, December 1 will go ahead as planned.
Typically, both plays – Wardrobe Wars and A Day To Remember are hilarious and drawn from Miss Newby's own varied life experiences.
"Wardrobe Wars is literally the tale of the hunt for the eternal wardrobe," she said.
"It's all about one man Jack who is on a mission to find just the right piece of bedroom furniture for his wife.
"The story also involves his mother-in-law and the plot shows how men can find shopping very hard work.
"And, although Jack does have good intensions, he really finds the search stressdul."
Wardrobe Wars is directed by GTC veteran Alan Ayris, who has complimented the writer.
"Both plays are really funny and Wardrobe Wars features a cast of Lauren Sheriff, Timothy Snell, Eleanor Bowker, Roy Loates, Sue Smith and Tom Finney," said Mr Ayris.
Meanwhile, A Day To Remember is a two-hander with just Sue Hill as her namesake in the leading lady role and Phil Jones as partner Brian.
All the action centres on Brian's efforts to make Sue's birthday trip a day to truly remember.
It's a surprise excursion with a fun twist which means the GTC talent for comedy is being maintained.
As ever, the tiny 55-seater Old Nick Theatre is hosting the 7.30pm shows, with a self-contained one-act comic offering each side of the interval.
Tickets priced £8 and £7 concessions are available from the GTC box office on 01427 810616.