Whitechapel Players set for a touch of Paris

Members of The Whitechapel Player rehearsing for We'll Always Have Paris.
Members of The Whitechapel Player rehearsing for We'll Always Have Paris.

The Whitechapel Players is all set to stage its autumn production, We’ll Always Have Paris by Jill Hyem, a play promising both laughter and tears.

The curtains rise next week and the play covers the story of three ladies of a certain age who knew each other at school many years ago and decide to hold a reunion in Paris where one of them now lives.

There’s Nancy a retired headmistress determined to throw off the shackles; Anna, recently widowed and free after years of nursing a sick husband, and Raquel, a divorcee in search of eternal youth and a new toy boy.

Julie Cowell, Jenny File and Amanda Kay-Dunn play these ladies.

The cast also includes a plumber and the French landlady, played by Tarquin Scott and Jozanda Parkinson.

The live incidental music from Janet and Alan Burns will transport the audience right into the heart of Paris giving the production a genuine feel of being there and the play is directed by Hilary Parkinson and Diane Oldfield.

We’ll Always Have Paris is being staged from Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 at Whitechapel Village Hall at 7.30pm.

A spokesperson says: “This is a feel good play with laughter and tears, the promise of romance, friendship and anger, the advantages and disadvantages of growing old. Perhaps not La Vie en Rose, but We’ll Always Have Paris is certainly a play which will leave audiences charmed, amused, thoughtful - and singing.

Tickets are adults £6, children £3 except Sat and concessions £3 on Wed, available from 01772 654371 or 07974818419.

The Whitechapel Players continue to look for new members, from 18 years upwards and you do not need to be interested in being on stage, as there are lots of opportunities to work behind the scenes, including stage building, lighting and sound. The group meets once a month, usually the first Monday, at the Green Man, Inglewhite and rehearsals are two nights a week to begin with, building up to more as a play gets nearer. There are also lots of social events and a theatre trip each year either to Manchester or The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness.

If you are interested, please contact Jenny File on 07972 394954.