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St James Players return to Lostock Hall with a show emphasising on local communities

Posted on - 8th September, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Lostock Hall, Preston News, South Ribble News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
All of the profits from the show are intended to be passed along to charity
All of the profits from the show are intended to be passed along to charity

A backstage expose of what goes on behind the scenes of a community theatre production will hit the stage in Lostock Hall next week.

‘Putting on a Show’ will be performed at St James’ Church Hall, Avondale Drive, Lostock Hall from Thursday 8 September until Saturday 10 September at 7.30pm.

This is the first collaboration between St James Players and ad-hoc productions. Prior to the pandemic, ad-hoc productions was conceived to create theatre within the local area with the ambition of generating funds for chosen charities.

Martin Shaw, co-Director of the group said: “Given both St James Players and ad-hoc productions are community groups, we wanted to do something a little different.

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The cast is a mixture of St James Players and ad-hoc productions
St James Players and ad-hoc productions working together to form ‘Putting on a show’

“We decided to offer the majority of our opening night tickets to local groups and volunteers free of charge. The cast have each taken a number of tickets and distributed them as a thank you for all the work those volunteers
do in the community.”

This original show revolves around a madcap bunch of cast and crew as they set about ‘putting on a
show’.

For those who’ve had an experience of amateur theatre, this is a feast of characters who may seem very familiar and the whole production is a gentle jibe at some of the flamboyant and ludicrous things that happen in the attempt to stage a performance for the public.

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The plot of the play is based around Marilyn who doesn’t understand why no one else can deliver her ‘vision’. The producers and the crew are trying to maintain a sense of humour, but the cast haven’t a clue.

In fact, the only person who seems to know what is actually going on is the faithful MC – who guides the audience through the dramatic ups and downs of bringing a show to the stage.

Philip Tomlinson, Chairman of St James Players and also cast member for the show said: “We agreed to partner with ad-hoc productions in 2019 pre-pandemic, and are happy to finally be putting on a show.

The show has offered our company another opportunity to take to the stage as well as encouraging new members into our group.

I can’t wait to welcome our audiences, old and new to this brilliant production which supports local groups alongside having a great night out.”

Tickets are £7.50 each and can be purchased on ticket source.

For more information about the show or to see further details about the St James Players programme,
visit sjplayers, email sjplayers@outlook.com or call 07854 575953.

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