Anne Charleston, who is known to millions for her roles as Madge Bishop in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and Lily Butterfield in Emmerdale, leads a cast including Peter Ellis, who spent 16 years playing Chief Inspector Brownlow in The Bill, well-loved British star Anita Harris and iconic film and television actress Shirley-Anne Field in The Cemetery Club, a witty and touching play about three feuding Jewish women at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th June.
Ida, Lucille and Doris are part of a club – the cemetery club. Every month they meet at Ida’s New York house for tea then trundle off to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with their late husbands. Lucille fancies herself as a flamboyant swinger, Doris is a traditional matronly widow and Ida is somewhere in between. When Sam, a butcher, meets the widows at the cemetery while he is visiting his wife’s grave he changes their lives forever.
From Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd June Fresh Glory productions present Lilies on the Land. A truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre that celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – the Women’s Land Army of World War II. This delightful and often deeply touching play charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the War Effort. Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls, along with songs from the period, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny, wonderfully moving and utterly captivating portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest, unsung heroes.
Tickets for The Cemetery Club and Lilies on the Land, priced £11.50 – £18.50, are available from the Mercury Theatre Box Office on 01206 573948 or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk