Get-out clause in players’ touring show

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Touring a play in which everything goes horribly wrong offers a get-out clause for its performers.

HIgh Tor Players are aiming for laughs this week with their take on a play with the tongue-twisting title of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth.

The comedy focuses on a group of women not cut out for the stage who decide to perform Shakespeare’s best known tragedy for a competition. Cue shouts and strops, wails and walk-outs and lots of diva-like demands as the competition proves to be the guild’s undoing.

High Tor Players are staking their reputation on the production, which visits three venues on successive nights, but will spectators know if they’ve put a foot out of line?

Nic Wilson, show director and Players’ chairman, said: “ If it doesn’t work people won’t know if it has been written that way or whether it actually has gone wrong.

“It is a fun play but challenging because it pushes the players. As well as being members of the guild, the performers also have multiple roles in the play within the play.

“I chose this play because it was quirky and because if had a lot of roles for women. We have got more women than men in our group and it is often difficult to find a vehicle that gives the ladies a chance.

The production will introduce two newcomers to the society, Amy Roche from Clay Cross and Amanda Ward from Darley Dale, who contacted the players through its website. Nic said: “They are both enthusiastic and have fitted in very well with the group.

“Now we need more men to join us, particularly if they fancy doing a bit of directing.”

* Performances of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth take place at Ashover Parish Hall on Thursday, April 26; Bakewell’s Medway Centre on Friday, April 27 and Youlgreave Village Hall – Saturday, April 28.

Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.