Baptism of fire for director

ndet 25-10-12 mc 10'Nic Wilson and Simon Brister with Christina Hague - Rehearsal for High Tor Players' production of Old Actors Never Die
ndet 25-10-12 mc 10'Nic Wilson and Simon Brister with Christina Hague - Rehearsal for High Tor Players' production of Old Actors Never Die
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DEBUTING as a director, most people would go for the safe option of overseeing a work which is relatively well-known.

DEBUTING as a director, most people would go for the safe option of overseeing a work which is relatively well-known.

But not Bryce Glithero. He’s at the helm of a play which hasn’t been performed around these parts and was only published three years ago.

The play is a farce entitled Old Actors Never Die….They Simply Lose the Plot, written by Lynn Brittney and shortly to be performed by HIgh Tor Players.

Bryce, who is 68, retired and lives in Hackney, near Matlock, said: “I chose the play knowing I would have the talents of some of the best actors, not only in our company, but in the area.

“I was so enthusiastic about it that the company was only too willing to go ahead.”

Cycling fan Bryce, who clocks up 5000 miles a year on his travels, added: “I have been with the players for 27 years but this is my debut as a director. I am really enjoying putting my own interpretation on it. It is refreshing to be so involved and not have to learn lines.”

The lines fall to fellow High Tor members who play residents of a home for retired theatricals. The story revolves around three ladies who have had the same husband in common.

Solicitor Simon Brister, who is head of estates at the Youth Hostel Association and lives in Carsington village,plays the philandering character Edmund Sullivan. Simon, 63, said: “He is the most nauseating character but also has great success with the ladies.

“He is being pursued by the Russian Mafia boss Mike Molinski as he has been having an affair with his mother and she has disappeared.”

Describing his role as the Mafia boss, Nic Wilson said “He’s a caricature of a Bond villain, but in keeping with the idea of farce a little bit over the top. It is fun to play the ‘bad guy’ for once and adopt a Russian accent.”

Nic, who is 54, retired and lives in Bakewell, added: “The play is quite contemporary - with many topical references and some very funny ‘set-piece’ scenes.”

Old Actors Never Die - They Simply Lose The Plot runs at Ashover Parish Hall on November 15 and 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 from Ashover Post Office or call Susan Devaney on 01629 733407.