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Strong cast take on a Life of Riley
GRANGE Drama’s Kath Bolton is a self-confessed ‘near addict’ for Alan Ayckbourn’s work.
Since 1997 she has directed 11 of his plays, going for the magic dozen at the end of this month with the noble knight of theatre’s Life of Riley.
“Despite many attempts to wean myself off this addictive habit, I’m unable to stay away from the environs of the Victoria Hall,” laughs Kath, who took her proper first steps towards acting in Bolton, playing Ratty in a school production of Wind in the Willows.
Always flying the flag for amateur theatre Kath’s never content with just the stage side of the ‘business’ and has playing her part behind the scenes as GD’s secretary and chairman.
From Thursday-Saturday, October 31-November 2, Kath will rally the Life of Riley cast, which includes Jim Robson as Colin, Benita Finch playing Tamsin and making his Grange Drama debut in the role of Simeon, the constantly in-demand actor and Lakeland Radio presenter, Simon Yaxley.
Under Kath’s adept and practised direction, the Victoria Hall stage at Grange-over-Sands will be divided into four distinct areas: Riley’s overgrown garden; Jack and Tamsin’s patio; part of Simeon’s farmyard; and Colin and Kathryn’s small patio.
The story tells of friends and family who gather to remember the unseen and dying George Riley's life. As they look back on lives lived or might have lived, George plots a final farewell which threatens to upset all their future lives.
Life Of Riley is Alan Ayckbourn's 74th play and premiered in September 2010 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, sharing the same company for the revival of Communicating Doors.
Alan began writing the play in October 2009, completing the first draft on in December 2009; apparently he rewrote the entire first act before completing it.
In interviews, and during the launch of the Stephen Joseph Theatre's summer season in May 2010, Alan revealed that the play's title character, George Riley, would not appear in the play and that it had similarities to his 1974 play Absent Friends. When questioned as to whether the character of George was inspired by anyone in particular, Alan said he was not based on or inspired by a specific person. Later it was mentioned that Alan's intention was for the audience to build up their own picture of the pivotal character of George around who everyone in the play revolves.
Performances start at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday, November 2.
Tickets on 015395-36762.
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