THE DICK and Lottie Company, now familiar visitors to the Lawrence Batley Theatre, are back next week..
The company, founded five years ago by John Cotgrave and Richard McArtney, devotes itself to the works of Scarborough-based playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn. It even takes its name from two characters created by Ayckbourn who are referred to in a trio of his plays, but who never appear on stage.
Loyal followers will doubtless be out in force next week to help the company celebrate its birthday.
Join the company in the theatre’s Syngenta Cellar space for a rehearsed reading on Thursday and Friday of Absent Friends. This play was the company’s first production and John admits, his absolute Ayckbourn favourite.
Though this is a rehearsed reading, it will have all the props needed for a tea party and most certainly a jug of cream – vital to the plot as anyone who knows the show knows.
All the proceeds will go to the LBT as a thank you for its support.
John is directing the reading and Mark Breen, well-known as a musical director, is sorting out the music. Both of them are actually taking roles too.
Others in the cast include a couple of John’s colleagues at Honley High where he teaches drama. The school’s deputy head Christian Markham and teacher Adele Ford are in the cast as are regulars Hannah Williams and Louise Munden.
Later in the summer, the company hopes to be back at the LBT with Ayckbourn’s Time And Time Again followed in September by House and Garden for which casting is underway.
Tickets for the rehearsed readings on Thursday and Friday are £5 from the box office on 01484 430528.