Play marks 50th anniversary of Corby club

From left, George Rhoden, author Paula Boulton and Carol Davie in Corby Trades and Labour Club
From left, George Rhoden, author Paula Boulton and Carol Davie in Corby Trades and Labour Club

A new play is being staged this month (March) to mark the 50th anniversary of Corby Trades and Labour Club.

If Bricks Could Talk, the latest play written by Paula Boulton, author of the acclaimed Women of Steel, is being performed at the club, in Stuart Road, on Wednesday, March 27.

The play is being performed by a cast combining members of Corby Women’s Theatre Group, Shout Youth Theatre, Arts Alive and friends from the trade union movement.

It tells the story of how, 50 years ago, ordinary people paid a shilling a brick to build a base for the Labour and trade union movement and charts the club’s progress.

Paula, who carried out extensive research before writing the play, said: “I was thrilled to be asked to write a play to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary, especially since my father Stan Boulton was a founder member.

“With so many working men’s clubs closing, it is important to record the contribution they have made to weaving the fabric of life in the town.

“The play may be about the Labour Club but the characters could be from any club.”

If Bricks Could Talk will be the first production in the club showcasing extensive refurbishments made possible through a £50,000 grant received last year from WREN, which supports community organisations.

Tickets for the play are £5 and £3 for concessions and are available from the Rooftop Gallery, in the former library above Queens Square, Corby, from Wednesday to Saturday, between 11am and 4pm, and until 7pm of Thursdays.