Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre audience will get a real Kick out of new production
THE Hospital Players continues its 70th anniversary season in style with a welcome return to Scunthorpe's Plowright Theatre.
The group will perform Gordon Steel's comedy A Kick in the Baubles.
The story depicts a peaceful Christmas in the Bailey household but chestnuts are not roasting on an open fire, and although a Silent Night would be welcome, all is not calm and certainly not bright.
As the play reveals, Frank does not wish it could be Christmas everyday – in fact, he is dreading the arrival of his snobbish in-laws who only ever bring a single bottle for the festivities.
Throw in a couple of larger-than-life neighbours, let the drink flow merrily, and everything is set for a car-crash Christmas.
A Kick in the Baubles marks the return to the director's chair for Nikki Pontin, who previously directed RolePlay and The Office Party.
Nikki is part of one of the three Hospital Players couples involved in the show.
She said: "We are a very social and friendly group, so I think it is inevitable that people will get close to one another. You might even say we are an unofficial dating agency.
"I actually met my husband, Andy, backstage during Jane Eyre. This time round he is taking on the role of Frank.
"Graham Wells and Jan Gregory play the snobbish in-laws Harry and Doreen, and Elizabeth Hempstock returns to the stage as Julie, while her boyfriend, Chris Johnson, is our sound expert."
Nikki said that she has wanted to direct the play since she saw it performed at Hull Truck Theatre.
"I love character-driven plays," she said.
"It also has a Queen soundtrack, so how can it go wrong?"
The play also sees the introduction of three new members, Ali Newell, who recently made her Plowright debut as Miss Mona in Wilton's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Sarah Stanley, 18, and Grace Barley, 16, who are both students at Queen Elizabeth's High School Sixth Form.
Jake West and Stewart Robertson round off the cast.
The group's publicity officer, Elizabeth Hempstock, said: "I haven't been this excited about a show in ages."
See flyers for Buy One Get One Free tickets. Flyers can be found at a number of outlets including the Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe Library and Balloons Galore.
Bookings must be made in advance before Monday, January 14 from the society's own booking officer only, with tickets subject to availability. Visit www. hospitalplayers.webs.com
The show runs from Tuesday, January 22 to Saturday, January 26, at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 0844 854 2776. The play contains some strong language.