Comedy marriage

Rehearsal for a show from Flore Boards
Rehearsal for a show from Flore Boards

A classic comedy full of laughs and surprises will be performed by an amateur dramatics group later this month.

The next production by the Flore Boards drama group is When We Are Married, written by classic playwright JB Priestley.

It tells the story of a group of three couples, old friends and all married on the same day in the same chapel, gathers at the Hellewells’ home to celebrate their silver anniversary.

When they discover that they are not legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbours think? – and all three couples find themselves reevaluating their marriages

Hovering closely over the proceedings is the Yorkshire Argus’ alcohol-soaked photographer who is keen to record the evening’s events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper who is hoping to use the couples’ mortification to her own advantage.

The play was first performed at the St Martin’s Theatre, London in 1938, and transferred to the larger Prince’s Theatre in March 1939.

A total of 14 cast members will see Rachael Maher play the part of Ruby Birtle while Richard Cross plays Gerald Forbes.

Helen Duncan will portray Mrs Northrup and Laura Haynes is Nancy Holmes.

Fred Dyson will be playedby Bill Maher and Eric Ingram is to play Henry Ormondroyd.

Phil Jones plays the role of Alderman Joseph Hellewell while Amanda Davis will be Maria Hellewell.

Councillor Albert Parker is to be portrayed by Peter Baines with Jackie Ingram playing Annie Parker.

Rosemary Read is to play Clara Soppitt and Tom Higginson is to perform as Herbert Soppitt.

William Craghill plays Rev Clement Mercer and Jane Rowe will be Lottie Grady.

Performances of When We Are Married will run from Wednesday March 18 to Saturday March 21 taking place at 7.30pm at Flore Millennium Hall.

Ticket prices are £7 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with concession tickets available at a cost of £5.

People going along to the performances on Saturday will be in for a bonus as a supper will be served for the final performance. Tickets cost £12.

The group added that a licensed bar will be available for all of the performances and a spokesman added that tickets for the shows are selling fast. People wishing to along to the show are advised to book their tickets as soon as possible.

For further information about the show or to book tickets in advance call Margaret Clarke on 01327 340269 or alternatively contact Rosemary Read on 01327 341026.

A raffle will be held each evening and will raise funds for a different charity.