Pitch up to comedy show

Left to right: Penelope Bayley, Marian Charleton, Julie Clark and Jacqui Lillie.
Left to right: Penelope Bayley, Marian Charleton, Julie Clark and Jacqui Lillie.
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A village amateur-dramatic group takes to the stage on Saturday for a one-night-only performance of a hilarious campsite comedy.

Whittingham Players present Peter Gordon’s Third Week In August, which has all the ingredients for a very funny evening’s entertainment.

The action takes place on a remote and run-down caravan site where Sue has decided to try a get-away-from-everybody holiday.

But little does she realise that she’s booked into the caravan site from hell.

She is soon taken under the wing of expert but inadequate caravaner, Neville...that’s when he’s not engaged in battle with his wife or trying to cope with his separated sister-in-law. Matters become complicated with the arrival of the enthusiastic Tony and his reluctant girlfriend.

Neville decides that a communal barbecue is the order of the day, then things really start to hot up! If you have ever been near a caravan site, you’ll recognise them all.

Group member Ian Blakey said: “This is our seventh production and we have had great fun preparing this excellent comedy.

“We are a small group of amateur performers and invite everyone to share with us another evening of laughs and enjoyment.

“So come on, ditch the football for a night and support your local community talent.”

Explaining why the group chose this particular play, he added: “We have learnt that our audience – local residents from in and around Whittingham – enjoy comedy rather than more serious drama.

“Third Week In August met our criteria and we thoroughly enjoyed reading the script. There was a part for everyone and we knew that our audience would be well entertained.”

The show takes place at Whittingham Memorial Institute on Saturday from 7.30pm. Entry to the show is £5, children free. Pay at door. The players only give one performance to try to ensure that the venue is full.