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Spalding dramatic society will have you giggling with new play

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Theatre fans will be given a real treat next month when an award winning dramatic society takes on a terrific comedy.

Much loved group St Nicolas Players will be putting a series of performances of a genius play written by Ian Hislop, of Private Eye and Have I Got News For You fame, and cartoonist Nick Newman.

A Bunch of Amateurs follows fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele, played by Adam Patman. In an attempt to boost his flagging career he arrives in England to play King Leah in Stratford. But it isn’t the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village!

St Nicolas Players in preparation for A Bunch of Amateurs (54784146)
St Nicolas Players in preparation for A Bunch of Amateurs (54784146)

And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre.

Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! This comic romp, where acting worlds collide, and American realism, meets English mellifluence and has been described by the Mail on Sunday as “a laugh-a-minute”.

Directed by Jules Jones and produced by Joanna Hobbs, the performances will take place at Spalding’s South Holland Centre from Wednesday, March 16, through to Saturday 19. Doors open 7pm. Tickets are available now via www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

The group’s AGM will take place later this month at Spalding Spots and Social Club.

It is here where you will get the opportunity to hear about the past year, the group’s triumphs over Covid restrictions, and what they have planned for the next theatrical and social season.

They are always looking for new members and supporters, so whether you want to tread the boards, join the committee, or help backstage, you will always find a warm welcome waiting for you.

Anyone is welcome to the meeting on Tuesday, February 22 at 7pm. More information is available at www.stnicolasplayers.co.uk

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