A month after the outbreak of war, the Accrington Observer & Times of 8th September 1914 reported that the War Office had accepted an offer made by the mayor of Accrington, Captain John Harwood, to raise a complete battalion. When recruitment began on 14th September, 104 men were accepted in the first three hours. Brothers, cousins, friends and workmates enlisted together, and by 24th September the Accrington battalion had reached a full strength of 36 officers and 1,076 other ranks.
Pinter’s award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 was long overdue and, to mark the renewed interest in his work, a cleverly selected double bill (A Slight Ache and A Kind of Alaska) is now being presented at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
He had little success with The Birthday Party, his first commercially produced full-length play in the 1950s. Visiting a matinee performance, Pinter discovered the audience numbered six, after the play had been demolished by the critics. Michael Codron, the director, closed the show on the Saturday night.
This was a diversion from the norm for the Canterbury Players. It took place in the St. Alphege Environmental Centre (off Palace Street) Canterbury. A production of Alan Ayckbourn's classic one act play, "Gosforth's Fete" along with poetry and prose readings, live music, themed garden party stalls and refreshments
The best of Ayckbourn’s trilogy ‘Damsels in Distress', RolePlay is a hilarious piece with dark undertones, a vintage ‘dinner-party from hell’.
Ayckbourn is a master at handling people divided by class, accent, habits and race. A young well-to-do couple, living in a posh docklands apartment, have planned a civilised occasion when they hope to introduce each other’s parents and also announce their engagement.
The situation is tense enough before the arrival of two unexpected guests, one a lap-dancing gangster’s moll, the other her burly gun-toting minder.
All my life I've either been looking back at happy times that have gone or looking forward to the happiness to come.' Thus speaks Henry Preece, embarking on early retirement. In Hugh Whitemore's elegant and tantalizing play, the mystery and excitement of an unexpected passion is given full rein, until Henry realizes that a door he's just flung open should have remained tightly shut.
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide in the year's calendar.
When We Are Married is a Yorkshire farcical comedy by the English dramatist, J. B. Priestley. It is set in the world of Priestley’s youth, the West Riding before the First World War. WWAM brings to life a world of solid comfort and eccentric, larger than life characters, respectable but set in their ways, self-satisfied, possibly selfish and narrowminded.
Eben Cabots' future seemed assured when his mother, on her deathbed, secured her husband Ephraim's word that he would leave his fortune to her son. Ephraim gave his word, but the promise came at a price. Two sons from a previous marriage were cut out, making life in the Cabot household miserable while his dispossessed progeny hoped for a change of heart. But, when Ephraim brings home a new wife, Abbie, any plans Eben and his stepbrothers might have had for a carefree future grow dim. The brothers decide to depart for greener pastures; Eben's choice is to stay and fight for what is his.