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Coal Providers, Soul Survivors
Tuesday 10th May, 2011

Coal Providers, Soul Survivors
Actor Paul Leffler who plays Dave in “Coal Providers, Soul Providers”.

A brand new play is to receive its premiere as part of Wigan Pier Theatre Company’s continued drama success with the community.

“Coal Providers, Soul Survivors” is the title of the piece that won last year’s “Wicked Wigan” short playwriting competition and has been developed into a full-length play.

Local amateurs will be portraying a comedic story which looks at the people and places that can make up a strong community. The play is supported by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and North West Playwrights.

Actors are currently in rehearsal under the direction of the theatre company’s Martin Green and Natalie Grady - a professional actress from Wigan who has had major success in the West End and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The performances will take place at 7.30pm each evening between Wednesday 18 May and Friday 20 May at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Turner Street, Wigan. This venue is the new home of a North West branch of the London drama school and has hosted other events as part of the Words 2011 Festival.

The play, penned by last year’s winner Martin Henshell, models itself on Ricky Gervais’ “The Office” and involves the humorous rebranding of Wigan’s name as high flying executives descend on a failing marketing team. Meanwhile, a revolutionary group of characters who love their home town are set to clash with the people who want to bring in the changes.

Martin Green said: “This is an exciting initiative for the theatre company and has been over two years in the making. With North West Playwright’s support, we managed to launch a competition where a winning commission was chosen from four short plays with audience voting on the best.

“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 project is Wigan Pier Community Theatre group’s annual production and they are hoping that people will support them by turning out for a fun night of laughter!

The play does contain a tiny amount of strong language so is not suitable for very young children.

Tickets are available on the door on the night and are priced at £5 (full) or £3 (concessions).

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