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22/09/2020

Anniversary celebrations for Two Rivers Theatre Company


Two Rivers Theatre Company are pleased to announce their return to the stage with their latest comedy production of: Beyond A Joke, by Derek Benfield.

This will be their 40th show since they were founded 20 years ago. May 1997 saw their premiere performance of Terra Nova by Ted Tally. The play was set in the cold of Antarctica but featured a rather unusually hot cast who were wearing woolly jumpers on stage in the spring!

Over the 20 years of productions, Two Rivers have performed a wide variety of genres from classics such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to comedies like Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Other poignant shows include Blood Brothers, as well as the infamous Calendar Girls. More recently, the group accomplished successful stage adaptations of TV shows Fawlty Towers and The Vicar of Dibley.
In September 2017 the group will conclude their 20th anniversary with a bang by bringing three episodes of Dad’s Army to life on stage. This will be their most expensive production to date featuring replica costumes and props from the era.

Val Eldridge, Director of Beyond A Joke, is also marking an anniversary; 30 years of directing amateur dramatic groups. To celebrate she is going back to her roots.

“I first read Beyond A Joke in 1987 when I was looking for a play for my very first forage into directing. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to cast the play at the time as I didn’t have enough men to play the parts so the idea had to be shelved.”

“Thirty years on, approaching my 100th show as a director, with a wonderful cast and just the right number of men, I am delighted to be able to offer this for your viewing delight!”

Beyond A Joke features Jane and Andrew’s pleasant but accident prone country house with its beautiful sprawling garden. Several people have already met their untimely deaths in unfortunate and embarrassing circumstances, but when Sally’s young man, Geoff, arrives for the weekend he is unaware of the house’s reputation.

Throw in unexpected visitors, including the vicar, a wheelbarrow and a little misunderstanding into the mix and chaos ensues! Meanwhile Jane, Andrew and the rest of their family desperately try to keep up appearances.

Will the family be able to do enough to hide the skeletons in their closet or will the truth be revealed…?

Beyond A Joke is being performed from Wednesday 17th May to Saturday 20th May 2017 at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich. Tickets priced £9 for adults or £8 for concessions are available from the Box Office, by calling 01473 211498 or online at www.easternangles.co.uk.

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