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Thought provoking and funny shows by Centre Stage

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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What a lovely evening the latest installment by Leek's own Centre Stage Theatre Company was.

Performing at the regular venue of Westwood First School in Leek, the setting for the two play evening was that of a restaurant for the first play of 'Between Mouthfuls', and then as a holiday resort clubhouse for 'Lost'. The weather that evening certainly helped the audience feel like they were at a seaside resort - there was lots of wafting of the programmes to keep a slight breeze on one's perspiring face.

Anyway, the cast of four for Between Mouthfuls, presented a lovely rendition of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy drama. Susan Wainwright played the very patient waitress, while her brother Gordon Wainwright played Martin Chalmers who was at the restaurant with his wife Polly - who was portrayed by Kate Childs.

Sitting at the other restaurant table was Ian Wilson as Donald Pearce, with Judy Herbert playing his wife Emma.

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After a game of bingo, very fitting for a holiday resort atmosphere, the second play of Lost by Jane Thornton began which was a comedy too at times, but also rather thought-provoking.

Ben Childs, playing Tom, and Lucy Baker, as Chelsea did a superb job of presenting this two-actor play.

Portraying several different characters, Ben and Lucy both easily switched roles as and when needed and somewhat convinced the audience that they were an elderly couple who had been through problems throughout their long marriage and it all came to a head when on holiday but after both speaking to a wise old fisherman, realised that actually life was good for them.

Centre Stage's next production will be 'My Boy Jack' from Thursday, November 6 until Saturday, November 8.

Written by David Haig, My Boy Jack tells the story of Rudyard Kipling and his determination to send his myopic only son, John, fight for his country in the trenches.

The play is a beautifully crafted period drama which will be given extra poignancy against the backdrop of the World War One centenary commemorations.

Tickets are available from Westwood Post Office, Over The Rainbow in Sheepmarket, both in Leek, as well as members of Centre Stage. For further details call 01538 382546.

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