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Malvern Theatre Players present 'Our Day Out'

Malvern Editorial 7th Feb, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SMASH-HIT musical will be brought to the Malvern Theatres stage next week when it is performed by a popular town drama group.

Members of the Malvern Theatre Players will present Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out’ in the Forum Theatre of the Grange Road venue between Wednesday, February 19 and Saturday, February 22.

Set in Liverpool in the 1970’s, the musical tells the story of the ‘progress class’ in a local secondary school who go on a trip to Conway Castle accompanied by their harassed but caring form teacher and two young colleagues.

But things start to go wrong from the start as the unruly students cause mayhem at a roadside café and a zoo before being let loose at the beach and castle.

The show is a joyous celebration of the fun and agonies of growing up but also a sharp pointer to the depressing present and an empty future, for a day out is as much as many of these kids can look forward to.

Directed by Chris Green with designs by Amy Riches, this is the Malvern Theatre Players’ first full-scale production of a musical play for some time.

Next week’s shows will be performed by a cast of more than 30 young people and six adult actors supported by a large team of technicians and stage management.

Our Day Out was originally written for television and was first seen in 1977. It was repeated twice by popular demand and then turned into a musical which was first performed in Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre in 1983.

Evening shows start at 7.15pm with a special matinée performance on Saturday (February 22) starting at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £16.80 for adults or £8.96 for those under 26, including a 12 per cent booking fee, and are available by calling the Malvern Theatres Box office on 01684 892277.

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