Take-off for theatre company’s premiere

Author Berlie Doherty
Author Berlie Doherty

A NEW play by an award-winning Derbyshire based playwright and a Peak District theatre company has set off on tour.

Thin Air tells the supernatural story of First World War fighter pilot who returns home in possession of a secret that will haunt his community for generations to come.

The play has been written by Berlie Doherty and is being performed by Bradwell-based Cotton Grass Theatre Company, under the directorship of Joyce Branagh, who is the sister of star actor Kenneth Branagh.

Set amidst the atmospheric Peak District and inspired by the area’s unique landscape, heritage and mythology, Thin Air uses theatre, projected imagery and live music to tell its ghostly tale. From the Rolls-Royce base at Derby and the famous Dambuster practice missions over the Ladybower reservoir, to the many wrecked aircraft lying on the forbidding slops of Kinder Scout, it is a place synonymous with aircraft engineering and mystery.

Thin Air, which premiered in Sussex last night (Wednesday) has its first Derbyshire showing at the Assembly Rooms, Derby, on February 14-15, followed by performances at Wirksworth Town Hall on February 16, Youlgreave Village Hall on February 18, Edale Village Hall on February 24, Buxton Opera House on March 9-10, Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell, on March 22-24 and Tideswell Theatre on March 29.

For further information, contact www.cottongrasstheatre.co.uk or (01433) 621 624 or 07972 145 977.