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The next play from Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society at Chorley Little Theatre is an acclaimed drama that depicts the big events life through the small things that happen.

Set in a small, growing town, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” covers the universal themes of love, parenthood, work and death as we follow the lives of residents through the early years of the 20th Century. Everyday life, such as deliveries by the postman or milkman are depicted as the community grows.

Central to the story are George and Emily Gibbs, who we see fall in love, get married and have children together. The audience sees the ripples their relationship creates, from the parents to the friends, to the gossips in the choir.

In an unusual move, the story is guided by the Stage Manager, who sets the scenes and cues the actions. He narrates the play, and fills in the gaps.

Written in the 1930s “Our Town” is considered one of the greatest American plays of the 20th Century, winning a Pulitzer and influencing such diverse works as It’s A Wonderful Life and Twin Peaks. 

This production is simply staged by director Mark Jones, who makes the most of the 18-strong cast with minimal props and set, but effective lighting and music. 

Mark says “Although set in America, the themes of the play are universal and resonate with everyone. The cast will be using their own Lancashire voices, and audiences will really get to know the characters over the course of 90 minutes.”

NODA Award winner Dave Reid leads the cast as the Stage Manager, with a mix of long-term and debut CADOS actors in the ensemble. Amber Tabiner stars as Emily, with Dom Nolan as her husband, George.

Tickets are £8 Mon-Wed, £10 Thurs-Sat from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com. It opens on 29th April at 7.30pm for 6 nights - book here