Next Show - Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn
Our next show will run from the 5th to the 8th of April 2017 and will be the comedy drama 'Neighbourhood Watch' by the highly popular and prolific Alan Ayckbourn. It was first performed in 2011.
When Martin and Hilda’s peace in their new home is shattered by vandalism, they form a Watch committee with their eccentric neighbours. But the situation deteriorates hilariously as their ideas escalate - and nobody knows where to draw the line. A “painfully funny and truthful play” - The Stage, 2011.
Join the Neighbourhood Watch – that quintessentially middle class, big society movement. But what goes on behind the net curtains when the Neighbourhood Watch meets?
What might happen in this age of austerity and policing cuts, when the ‘forgotten middle’ feel neglected, their garden ornamentation is under threat and a properly worded sign is not enough? What might happen when the friendly neighbours turn out to include an expert in medieval punishment, a (possibly) ex-forces man, a sex siren and a very normal, middle-aged and middle-England brother and sister?
This spring Midland Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s 2011 darkly comic masterpiece Neighbourhood Watch. When Martin and Hilda’s peace in their new home is shattered by vandalism, they form a Watch committee with their eccentric neighbours. But the situation deteriorates as their actions escalate, and nobody knows where to draw the line. What begins as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community evolves hilariously, and, in true Ayckbourn fashion, poignantly.
Directed by Phil George, the cast includes Midland regulars John Lowry and Jan Wright as organising brother and sister, Martin and Hilda; Phil Ashton as ex-military Rod; Steve Martin as the brutish Luther; and Emma Kenny-Levick as rebellious vamp Amy. We welcome back Lucy Jepson as Magda after her success as one of the eponymous Guvnors in 2015’s One Man Two Guvnors and are excited to be working with new faces Chris Walker as medieval history buff Gareth and Jasmine Walker as neighbourhood busybody Dorothy.
Sign up for the Bluebell Hill Development Neighbourhood Watch (audience sub-committee) to enjoy this “painfully funny and truthful play” (The Stage, 2011) to find out just what might happen when the mild mannered find a cause to fight for to keep their homes (and gnomes) safe!
Performances are Wednesday 5th April to Saturday 8th April, 7.30pm at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio, Glossop Road. All tickets £8 available from www.midlandplayers.co.uk, via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07928 276 383
Midland Players have been active in Sheffield for over 30 years, developing a reputation for high quality theatre worthy of the professional stage. We perform two plays each year in the University of Sheffield's Drama Studio, plus other ‘projects’ in smaller venues. Our members come from across South Yorkshire and are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of production, including set design, sound and lighting, stage management and directing, as well as acting.