After the annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival, for vital research and inspiration, Lindsey Rural Players, who own and manage Lincolnshire’s quirkiest venue, the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby, are ready to unveil their Autumn Season of serious, plays, comedy and music.
Kicking off the first weekend in September is J B Priestley’s “Time & The Conways”, last performed at Wickenby in 1979, before most of today’s actors were born.
It was one of the senior founding members, Donald Sutherland, who suggested it was time to do it again, after recognising the depth and breadth of young local talent available during the pantomime Aladdin, which sold out last February.
In his own words: “LRP can present simple entertainment or plays which reflect real life issues, such as this one.
“Very demanding but nevertheless the kind which I hope we shall see more of.
“Those families, who may have been unfortunate to lose a precious teenager, will find this play echoes some of the inevitable deep feelings of loss, sadness and, perhaps, guilt.”
A powerful portrait of the history of Britain between the wars. Priestley shows how, through a process of complacency and class arrogance, Britain allowed itself to decline and collapse instead of realising the immense creative and humanistic potential of the post Great War generation.
It illustrates the ‘Theory of Time’, through the experience of a moneyed Yorkshire family, the Conways, from 1919 to 1937 and is widely regarded as the best of Priestley’s so called ‘Time Plays’, a series of pieces for theatre which played with different concepts of time.
Directed by former De Aston pupil Tom Murray, during his summer break from studying drama at university, the play features several graduates of the Youth Theatre. Don’t miss this brief opportunity to experience 21st century creativity applied to this timeless classic.
Performances are Friday September 5 at 7.30pm and Saturday September 6, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £8.50 and £7 from the box office on 01673 885500 or visit www.broadbent.org