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Actors needed for Skipton Street Theatre Performances

Tuesday 13 April 2004

12th April 2004. The Arcadia Players theatre group is still searching for people to help them entertain the crowds at the Skipton Waterways Festival, which is being held over the May Bank Holiday.

The Craven-based group has been invited to perform a short and humorous piece of original street theatre by British Waterways, which is organising the Festival on May 1, 2 and 3.

The annual bank holiday event attracts hundreds of brightly decorated barges and thousands of people to the Canal Basin in Skipton, where a wide variety of entertainment is provided.

The 20-minute script has been written by Arcadia Players chairperson Alex Waddington. He has drawn on Monty Python, Morecambe & Wise and The Reduced Shakespeare Company for inspiration.

‘Countryside Defiance’ follows the fortunes from a family from Leeds. Booked on a bargain coach tour to Blackpool, Eric, Mavis and Billy find themselves stranded in a strange rural market town.

As they struggle to locate a major hamburger chain to relieve their agony, they are forced to contend with an irate pub landlord, a phoney Italian waiter and some truly toe-curling puns.

"The rehearsals and performances promise to be tremendous fun," says Alex. "Street theatre is exhilarating and rewarding and helps those taking part develop many new skills. No previous stage experience is necessary to participate – just enthusiasm and a sense of humour."

A reading and casting of 'Countryside Defiance' will take place at 8pm on Wednesday 14th April 2004 at Glusburn Institute, Colne Road, Glusburn, near Keighley. Parts are available for males and females of all ages.

Even if they can’t attend the reading on Wednesday, anyone wishing to get involved in the project, either as an actor or helper, is asked to contact Alex Waddington on 07870 847201 or info@arcadiaplayers.org.uk. Participants must be available over the entire May Bank Holiday weekend.


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