Theatre Club Needs Your Help For Special Summer Performance

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St Mary’s Theatre Club is preparing for a very special performance this summer. And they need your help to make it happen.

In The Pink has been written by club members and is based on the true stories and family memories of Scillonians during WW1.

It will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Theatre Club member Jenny Byers says writing the play has been a collaborative effort with Gail Sibley coordinating the whole production and Kevin Leeman laying out and typing the script.

Steve Sims, Christopher Garratt and Jenny have also been part of the team and Christopher will be providing the music.

The script itself is based on letters, cards and information given to the club by islanders last summer, which have been woven together to tell a story of life in Scilly during the war, life in the trenches and the aftermath.

Jenny says they’re looking to recruit a new generation of actors, particularly young men to play the roles of soldiers, as well as encouraging people who ‘trod the boards’ previously to resurrect their acting skills.

Jenny says they’d also love to hear from anyone with technical talents rather than acting skills, who can help with backstage work.

With the Town Hall Theatre currently out of action, the club are looking at several venues to stage the performance, particularly the Methodist Church.

Jenny says the layout there would suit the play, although there is still a chance they could use the Town Hall.

Jenny says talks with the Council are ongoing.

It’s hoped the first performance can be staged in May as part of the new Arts and Cultural month that’s being planned.

The script is being ‘unveiled’ at a social evening in the Lyonesse Bar at the Scillonian Club on Friday 12th February at 7.15pm.

Jenny says everyone interested in taking part or helping, not just Theatre Club members, is welcome to come along and you’ll get a free drink for your trouble!



One Response to Theatre Club Needs Your Help For Special Summer Performance

  1. Ian T. February 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    From the lack of comments a theatre production doesn’t appear to have the same appeal as a casino though, of course, there may have been a big crowd at the Friday meeting. Scilly isn’t exactly overwhelmed with culture so any attempt to improve the situation must be applauded and deserves all the support it can get. My wife and I were very active members of the St. Mary’s Theatre Club when we were living there and, I’m sure, would still be. No, we are not members of a local club here but the many clubs and organistions that do exist are so well supported that we feel we have, hopefully, earned a rest from treading the boards. But, if help were need, we would be right there!