Rehearsals are well under way for the latest play from CADOS. “Be My Baby” is a bittersweet comedy drama about four girls thrown together who bond over their love of American pop music.
Based on real events from the 1960s, Amanda Whittington’s play starts with 19-year-old Mary being sent to a religious home for unmarried pregnant women. Disowned by her family, Mary must hide away in the home and keep out of the public eye.
But Mary soon befriends street-smart Queenie, dreamer Dolores, and naïve Norma. Each must come to terms with their situation under the strict Matron.
The lives of these four young, unmarried, pregnant women are unpicked and viewed both sympathetically and with humour. The girls spirit comes through as they join in singing to the hit music of the time.
Directed by Rebecca Dickinson, the play stars Emily Cook, Emma Bailey, Rachel Offord and Rosie-Anne Pemberton as the girls with Jade Smith as the Matron and Steph Threlfall as Mary’s mother.
The production opens on Monday 11thJune at Chorley Little Theatre and runs until Saturday 16thJune. Details at www.chorleytheatre.com or book at Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362
A celebration of the community spirit of the Second World War takes place at Chorley Little Theatre on Saturday 19thMay when Don’t Panic! arrives on stage.
Paying tribute to the classic sitcom, Dad’s Army, it’s a fun-filled variety show full of comedy, sing-alongs, magic and sketches. Suitable for the whole family it makes the audience part of the proceedings.
The Home Guard have been told the Germans are going to bomb the area around the theatre so everyone has to gather together for their own safety. But there’s also a spy in the audience! With everyone gathered together, Captain Mainwaring and his team have to keep everyone entertained and uncover the spy at the same time.
The show features popular songs from the war years, magic, and even an impromptu puppet show.
“It is a really good fun show,” said Andy Gaskell who both devised the production and plays Captain Mainwaring. “We’ve got lots of elements from a traditional variety show alongside classic lines from the TV series, but the spy element means anything could happen”
The show started in Lancashire but has now toured the country, playing theatres across the UK. Says Andy “Everyone gets to join in and sing along to some great songs and have a real laugh at the same time. Plus there’s a real surprise at the end.”
Tickets are £12.50 (£10 concessions) from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com
Popular band Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars return to Chorley Little Theatre on Saturday 12thMay for a night of rockabilly music and to launch their new EP.
The four-piece band take their inspiration from the pioneers of Rock’n’Roll, recreating the 1950s sound and emulating the greats from Presley to Perkins and Cochran to Cash.
The concert could include popular favourites such as C’Mon Everybody, Blue Suede Shoes, and Rock Around The Clock as well as originals, and songs like Get Lucky done in their distinctive rockabilly style.
The new EP, Tracks To Union Avenue Vol 2, is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 debut. The band have been so busy performing live and building a following this is the first chance they’ve had to record again together.
Having performed all over the world, they’re coming back to their home town of Chorley for a special theatre gig, following three sell-out shows in previous years.
The show starts 7.30pm, and tickets are £6 from Malcolm’s Musicland (01257 264362) or www.chorleytheatre.com
Canadian comic storyteller Craig Campbell brings his latest tour show to Chorley on Friday 18thMarch.
“Easy Tiger” is not for the faint-hearted as the self-styled ‘Wild Man of Comedy’ tells outrageous tales of travels around the world on themes as diverse as roundabouts, Russia, and arranging lunch in Norway.
His laid-back manner and genuine warmth mixes whimsical anecdotes with wild adventures. All life is here, from a hospital encounters to why he shouldn’t wear shorts in Moscow.
Craig Campbell recently supported Frankie Boyle for the third time on his national tour and was a hit on Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled (Dave). He’s also performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), and was responsible for easing the contractions of an expectant mother who laughed so hard at his performance on Dave’s One Night Stand – which detailed an encounter with a badger – that her waters broke.
Tickets are £15 from Malcolms Musicland or www.chorleylittletheatre.com
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