‘Fine and flawless’ theatre

ents wc april 16
ents wc april 16

The Light of Heart, Wivelsfield Little Theatre, Wivelsfield Village Hall, April 26-28.

Wivelsfield Little Theatre’s latest production is Emlyn William’s classic play The Light of Heart.

In April 1940, on its debut, the magazine Theatre World wrote: “Emlyn Williams has written a fine play and a flawless piece of theatre. Its warm humanity, its laughter and tears, its passion, humour and tragedy, its unfailing sense of the stage – these qualities reveal a dramatist who knows his job and writes not only from the brain but from the heart.”

Set in a dingy top floor flat near Covent Garden, it is the story of Maddoc Thomas, a one-time successful actor who is given a chance to revive his career but who squanders it - despite the help and encouragement of all around him, not least his devoted daughter Cattrin.

A company spokesman said: “With a rich pool of directing and acting talent at its disposal, Wivelsfield have assembled a strong cast to bring this masterpiece to the Mid-Sussex stage for the first time in a very long while.

“Apart from Maddoc and his daughter the play is filled with strong and well-defined characters. It is a story about people, their emotions, their aspirations, their strengths and fallibilities, and their ability to face adversity with resolute humour.”

Performances are in Wivelsfield Village Hall from April 26-28. Tickets on 01444 471201.

Pitchy Breath present Comedians, The Hawth Studio, Tuesday-Thursday, April 24-26, 7.30pm.

One of Britain’s greatest post-war plays comes to the Hawth Studio in a new production by Crawley Arts Development’s Pitchy Breath Theatre in partnership with the Open University.

Spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor said: “We are in a classroom in Manchester on the eve of the 1977 Silver Jubilee. Sex Pistols drowning out the celebrations. Six adult students there to learn about comedy.

“The teacher is an experienced comedian who hasn’t laughed since 1945. He is determined to promote comedy as a progressive art form in which real feelings and ideas about life are shared and explored. He is equally determined to condemn the abuse of comedy as cheap entertainment based on slick technique, racism, sexism and prejudice. Just before they finish the class and travel to a local club to perform their acts, an agent tells them what he’s looking for:”

Pitchy Breath Theatre Company began in 1995, using local talent to create fresh and contemporary performances that appeal to modern audiences.

Lorraine added: “The company continue to go from strength to strength with a repertoire which embraces pioneering new writing as well as classic texts they bring up to date with contemporary staging and modern references. Whether the subject matter is new or classic, Pitchy Breath strive to create inventive, fresh, thought-provoking and most importantly, accessible theatre.”

Tickets on 01293 553636 and online at www.hawth.co.uk

Sense And Sensibility, The Rosemary Branch Theatre, The Hawth, Crawley, Sunday, April 22, 3pm.

Theatre spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor said: “This much-loved tale is brought to life as Elinor keeps her head and Marianne loses her heart in Jane Austen’s classic novel of two sisters and their search for love in a society bound by financial fortune.

“Brought to the stage with beautiful imagery, original music, humour and heartbreak, Helen Tennison directs this comedy of manners, marriage and much much gossip. With a cast featuring Mia Austen, James Burton, Jason Eddy, Emma Fenney, Lainey Shaw and Francesca Wilding, it comes from the same team that produced the multi-award-nominated Breakfast With Emma, based on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Tickets on 01293 553636 or you can book online at www.hawth.co.uk.