It’s a brave company who invite an audience to laugh at them, but Tansley Players have set themselves up for the challenge.
Speaking about this week’s production of the farce Touch and Go, cast member Julie Thornhill said: “This show is hopefully going to be a fast-running ‘silly’ show.
“Audiences enjoy the opportunity to ‘belly laugh’ so it will be a night when, for once, we openly encourage folk to laugh at us!”
The players usually direct themselves, but this time they have had expert guidance from Jerry Flanagan, a professional actor who lives in Tansley and runs his own production company,
Julie said: “This has been fantastic as it is good to have direction from someone other than your fellow actors. His help has been of huge value to us and we are very grateful to him.”
In the show, Julie plays Hilary, wife of Brian and mistress of George (played by Chris Gale). She said: “For the sake of my reputation amongst the women of Tansley I would like to emphatically deny being anything like Hilary! In real life I am a single woman who enjoys life without the involvement of married men!”
Julie, who is a care manager working for Derbyshire County Council, has been a member of Tansley Players for 20 years. She said: “The Players give me the chance to escape from my busy world and be somebody else!
“We are all great friends and the rehearsals are such fun! We are limited in adult members so we are only able to do plays when we can all fit one into our already full lives.”
* Touch and Go will be presented at Tansley Village Hall from April 26-28. Tickets are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or (01629) 582154.
* For more interviews with the cast members, see this week’s Derbyshire Times