Cast get ready for big show on town

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A PLAY incorporating people’s memories and stories of Wellingborough is set to be performed next month.

The Castle theatre in Wellingborough commissioned playwright Deborah Gearing to write this year’s community production ‘Well...rough’ earlier this year.

The title is based on signs on the way into the town which were defaced last year, with vandals blanking out part of the town’s name.

To gather research for the play, Ms Gearing hosted story share sessions with volunteers at Wellingborough Museum, at a meeting of the Friendship Group at the Victoria Centre in Wellingborough and at several other locations in February.

At the sessions she met people and asked them about their memories of people and places in the town.

Ms Gearing also took part in discussions and interviews, and was sent a number of letters from people which have also helped to shape the production.

The show will be performed four times at the theatre.

Shows will take place at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, June 9, and at 2pm and 6pm on Sunday, June 10.

It is being described as a “poetically crafted, sad, witty and poignant tale of Wellingborough and its people”.

The cast has started rehearsing regularly to get ready for the shows.

Sarah Chiswell-Hornett, who will be directing Well...rough, said: “Rehearsals for our community show have begun, a cast of 60 performers from across the county are in The Castle twice a week developing characters and scenes to bring a collection of true stories to life.

“The first draft is now being shaped and it is a wonderful mix of memories from different eras woven together by a gang of paper boys and girls.

“Stories that are in the show include tales of the diggers, corn riots, evacuees and the zoopark with spirited moments between neighbours, strangers, families and friends.”

The show has received financial support from the Northamptonshire County Council Small Grants Fund.

For tickets call 01933 270007.