"There's things going on in this parish that'd make a saint turn up his toes" says Ethel Swift, one of the colourful characters in Pam Valentine's 'Day of Reckoning' staged by Grassington Players next week, and there's certainly plenty in the script to keep the audiences of the dale chuckling yet reaching for the Kleenex in this bitter sweet comedy centred around the preparations for their annual village fete – or fate? Anyone who lives in a rural community or has helped on a committee organising an event will relate to this play and empathise with its characters.
The production, which opens on Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the Octagon Theatre at the Town Hall in Grassington and runs through till Saturday, features debut performances from two new members of the Players. Ged Cuerden plays the poignant role of the vicar who has seemingly lost his way in life (but not to the Coach & Horses) while Liz Taylor plays the innocent - but not for long - new infant teacher. The eight strong cast also includes many of the Players popular and stalwart members and Sue Clements, directing the production explains "It's great to have a play that enables us to offer such varied and rewarding parts to everyone. Each of these characters is a true gem."
Tickets are available from Helen Midgeley's shoe shop on Grassington Main Street and can be reserved on 01756 752579.