This week sees the hard work of the past 3 months come to fruition with the performances of “Beside The Seaside” by Yorkshire actor and playwright Leslie Sands. Born in Bradford in 1921, in addition to him being a prolific dramatist Leslie Sands was a very accomplished actor, his many TV roles including the lead character role of “Sergeant Cluff”, “The Saint”, “The Avengers”, “Z-Cars” (for which he also wrote several episodes), “The Main Chance”, “Department S”, “JulietBravo”, “TheTwo Ronnies”, “Murder Most English”, “Boon” and “Stay Lucky”. He also appeared as Robin Tripp’s father in “Man
About The House”.
Beside The Seaside is the first in the “Seaview” trilogy, the other plays being Basinful of the Briny and The Good Old Summertime – all of which have been staged by the “Thesps”. In fact this is the second time we have presented it the first being in 1983, and was also directed by a (younger!) Jeff Tiler with settings again designed and painted by his wife, Linda.
Other plays by Mr Sands include Intent to Murder (presented by the Thesps in 2016), Cat’s Cradle, The Conscience of Sgt Cluff, and Something to Hide. His plays are still a popular choice for performance today. He died in 2001 aged 80.
The “Breakaleg” Theatre Company
have just announced their autumn production of Robert Scott’s psychological thriller “The House Amongst the Willows”.
Fletcher is taking his fiancée Sadie to stay with the parents of his previous wife. She doesn’t know
much about Laura’s death, but when conversations start to flow, she begins to learn that the truth isn’t always what you want to hear. With disturbing letters and threatening phone calls, a dark secret has been unearthed and Fletcher is running out of time and is in danger…. but from who? The play runs from September 8th to 10th.
Finally, don’t miss the concert in our theatre by “Strata Brass” on Saturday May 28th at 7.30.
“Don’t Stop Me” features the music of: QUEEN; ABBA; THE CARPENTERS; ELTON JOHN; LIONEL RICHIE and more! The origins of Strata Brass can be traced back to 1889, with the band celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2019. They have been known by many different names over the years, including ‘Hoyland Rechabites’, ‘Cortonwood Colliery’, ‘Hoyland Town Ireland Alloys’, ‘Wards Brewery’, ‘Weaver Building Group’.