Drama is a fitting tribute to society celebrations

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Guilsborough Music and Drama Society (GMADS) is performing The 39 Steps at the village hall, based on the book by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The show is a coup for the society which is one of only a few to have been granted the rights to perform it while it is also running on the West End stage.

Director Pam Townsend said: “I saw the show when it was touring in Northampton and enjoyed it enormously. I then looked at the merchandise stand afterwards and saw a copy of the script available. I read it and thought it was great.

“I took it to the rest of the group and they all agreed that we must do it. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised we are doing The 39 Steps in our 39th year so it was almost meant to be!”

The version of The 39 Steps is one played mostly for laughs with four characters playing all of the parts and even some inanimate objects.

Pam added: “We have got a few more characters than the West End show because we ended up with more people in it than we’d anticipated.

“But there is still a lot of doubling up in the show, I think there are some people who are playing four or five parts.

“We have also got some fantastic set pieces in the production. One scene sees characters having a fight along the side of a train which looks really good. It is very impressive.”

People are being advised to book their tickets early for the show.

Pam said: “We have already sold out for Saturday and have only got a few seats left for Friday.

“It would be really good if we could get more bums on seats for the Wednesday and Thursday.

“This is a show which has a 1930s feel to it and is a lot of fun.”

The 39 Steps will be performed from Wednesday until Saturday March 26 and shows start at 7.30pm.

The Saturday performance will raisewhere funds for the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind.

Tickets for the regular shows cost £7 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 740549.

Members of the audience are encouraged to turn up in 1930s dress for the occasion.