Chapel Players attempt the improbable

Chapel players new comedy called improbable fiction. Helen Bate, Andrew Hearfield-Hodgson, John Gilberthorpe, Debbie Simpson, Angela Buttrill, Becky Simpson and Harry Goddard.
Chapel players new comedy called improbable fiction. Helen Bate, Andrew Hearfield-Hodgson, John Gilberthorpe, Debbie Simpson, Angela Buttrill, Becky Simpson and Harry Goddard.

The truth is often stranger than fiction, but that’s not the case in Chapel Players’ next production, which takes strangeness to new heights.

Improbable Fiction, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, introduces six amateur writers and the products of their vivid imaginations including a womanising detective, a tortured Victorian heiress and a goblin called Doblin.

In the first act, the audience gets to know the less-than-harmonious group; it seems members of the Pendon Writers’ Circle are somewhat stuck in their ways, until the chairman comes up with an interesting idea.

Then in the second act, things get a little out of hand.

Player Dan Mason said: “Improbable Fiction is a hugely ambitious undertaking, as seven people play a total of 26 characters, most of whom crop up in act two. In fact, there’ll be almost as many people backstage helping with the quick costume changes as there will be on stage!”

The cast includes familiar faces and new talent and they’ll be performing at The Playhouse, Chapel-en-le-Frith, on October 11, 12, 18, and 19.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the curtains go up at 7.45pm. Tickets are available at Halls Mica Hardware, Reading Matters and The Royal Oak; on Market Street, Chapel, or on the door.