FOUR brand new plays are set to prove Wigan is really WICKED!
Wigan Pier Theatre Company’s latest production sees local amateurs performing four short pieces that take a comedic look at the people and places that make up a strong community.
“Wicked Wigan” is being performed as part of the Words 2010 Festival and the funding to commission the new writing has been made available from North West Playwrights.
The actors are currently in rehearsal under the direction of the theatre company’s Martin Green. Also directing two of the shorts is Natalie Grady, a professional actress from Wigan who has had major success in the West End and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Martin Green said: “This is an exciting new initiative for the theatre company. It is always difficult finding material for our large and diverse community theatre group, so I decided we might be able to create our own play especially for them. The four plays, penned by emerging new writers, are varied in style and storyline so there should be something for all tastes of theatre. Wicked can mean ‘excellent and cool’ as well as ‘evil and mean’ and our show will have all of this and more! "
The performances will take place at 7.30pm each evening between Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 April in the Winch Room at The Orwell Pub, Wigan Pier. The venue is under new management from the people behind Manchester’s hit comedy club, The Frog and Bucket.
At the end of these performances, one of the short plays will be chosen to be developed into a full length play for performance in next year's arts and festivals calendar.
“Hobby Horse” written by David Adair looks at a group of friends in a pub and the tensions between them as they each talk about their favourite pastimes – from being in a tribute act for The Verve to playing football or rugby!
“What Happened To Harmony Melody?” by Gerard McLaughlin should have them laughing in the aisles as it takes an ironic look at the reality talent shows that are so popular in today’s culture.
“Coal Providers Soul Survivors” by Martin Henshell models itself on Ricky Gervais’ “The Office” and involves the humorous re-branding of Wigan’s name as high flying executives descend on a failing marketing team.
The last of the quartet is Hanneke Blower’s “The Float of Ms Lou Brady” which examines the relationships and pressures of a local dance school who are preparing for the annual parade.
Advance booking is recommended and tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre on 01942 825 677.