A play with comedy, plenty of secrets and three cracking roles for actresses.
That’s what’s on offer in, The Threefold Cord, the next production from the Pierrot Players which opens next week. It runs at Shelley Village Hall from October 30 to November 2. Performances are at 7.30pm.
The show was written by Ulsterman Scott Marshall who is a former actor, drama tutor and prize-winning director.
Scott is well-known in amateur theatre where he is a respected international adjudicator at festivals and competitions.
His first full length play, Home Boy Home, was produced professionally, touring a number of venues including the Opera House, Belfast.
He followed that with The Threefold Cord which focuses on three very different women who share the life of the celebrated barrister Sir Marcus Pennington.
One is his wife, Victoria, a successful actress wife, the others his intelligent, self-deprecating PA, Millicent and Dexie, a vivacious and feisty prostitute.
Pierrot Players has brought together a trio of actresses who between them have clocked up many roles in theatre.
For Maria Sykes it is a return to the role of Victoria which she has played previously for Halifax Thespians.
But supporters of both Huddersfield Thespians and Huddersfield-based company Dick and Lottie will know her work well as she has appeared with both societies on many occasions.
Earlier this year she played Susan in Bed Among The Lentils when the Thespians staged some of Alan Bennett’s Talking Head monologues. She was back on stage during the summer with Dick and Lottie in See How The Run and more recently, Habeas Corpus.
Alongside her in both of those Dick and Lottie shows was Hannah Head, who has also played with Huddersfield Thespians.
It’s a first outing for Hannah with Pierrot Players who has played many roles with other societies in Halifax and Hebden Bridge. In this show she’s cast as Dexie.
Miriam Marsden, who plays Millicent, has appeared in many shows with Huddersfield Thespians, most recently in Calendar Girls.
In a series of monologues, each of the women reveals their own secrets, with plenty of comedy along the way.
The show is directed by another well-known local actor and director, Alistair Cheetham.
Alistair has worked with both Huddersfield and Halifax Thespians both as a performer and director.
His next production will be Willie Russell’s Educating Rita in January with Halifax Thespians and Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy next spring with Huddersfield Thespians at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
This is Alistair’s third stint with Pierrot as a director. He took the reins with the society for the first time in 2007 when he directed and returned two years later to take the helm on a production of Happy Families.