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Local playwrights' work heading to Rugby Theatre stage

Rugby Editorial 17th Mar, 2024   0

TALENTED local playwrights are having their work brought to life on stage in a new initiative from Rugby Theatre.

Black Box Productions will see two short plays written by Rugby dramatists performed on the Henry Street venue’s main stage.

The plays were selected from scripts written by members of Rugby Theatre’s Writers’ Group, and are directed by apprentice directors.

The theatre’s promotions director Wendy Kay said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to witness theatre in the making. We’re thrilled to be shining a spotlight on talented local writers.”

Set in 1960s’ East Germany, Uncle Eric tells of the unexpected return of a prisoner of war, long presumed dead, and the repercussions this has on his only surviving relatives.

Author Nick Marsh says: “It’s a great honour to have a play performed on Rugby’s main stage.

“Uncle Eric is about the importance of remembering the dead in a world that has changed almost beyond recognition.”

The second play, On The Train, joins a busy train service from Rugby to Birmingham New Street, offering an insight into the hidden lives of passengers.

The play’s author Wendy Goulstone said: “On the Train should be great fun, with lots of quick costume changes, and I hope the audience feel transported along all the twists and turns.

“And perhaps you’ll spot at least one topical problem on the railways that has been bridged since I wrote it.”

Black Box Productions takes place on March 20-21, with both plays showing each evening. Visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk or call 01788 541234 for tickets.

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