Cast of play about town ready to light up the stage

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The curtain is set to go up on a new play which is based on people’s memories of Wellingborough.

The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough decided to call its 2012 community production ‘Well...rough’ as a reference to an incident last year when signs on the way into the town were defaced.

Mavis Matheson, Steven Mann, Kitty Benford, Amy Watson and the rest of the cast of Well...rough

Mavis Matheson, Steven Mann, Kitty Benford, Amy Watson and the rest of the cast of Well...rough

The theatre commissioned playwright Deborah Gearing to create the script. To gather research Ms Gearing held a number of story share sessions with people from various walks of life in Wellingborough in February.

After months of work the show, which is being performed by a cast of 65, can be seen at The Castle on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10.

The cast of Well...rough have been working with composer Ivan Stott, who has written a musical anthem for the production.

Carol Heafield, of Great Doddington, is playing several characters in the show, including a mother and a sweeper.

Well Rough: Wellingborough: Well Rough rehearsals of community production of new play about Wellingborough. The Cast  'Matthew Hornett as a Rugby player 'Sunday 3rd June  2012

Well Rough: Wellingborough: Well Rough rehearsals of community production of new play about Wellingborough. The Cast 'Matthew Hornett as a Rugby player 'Sunday 3rd June 2012

She said: “It’s good for me because I have learnt lots of stuff about the history of Wellingborough.

“I’ve been to every single rehearsal.”

Cast member Annemarie McDonald, 12, of Wellingborough, said: “I think it will be really interesting because people who don’t live in Wellingborough well get to learn quite a lot about it. This play is really different to other things they have done at The Castle. I think it’s going to be really fun.”

Cast member George Price, 15, of Wellingborough, said: “I think because the play was written for Wellingbrough, everyone feels it’s quite a special thing to do because the show was specially written for us by a playwright. I would imagine that most people will think it’s quite special because it’s based around where they live.”