Criccieth’s Starlight Players are off caravanning this Summer!

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This Summer, the NODA award winning Starlight Players present a new comedy by Peter Gordon called Third Week In August.

Set in a remote run-down caravan park, Third Week In August visits the lives of some all too familiar characters.

The cast of “Third Week in August” – Photo by Terry Mills

When Sue decides to try a ‘get away from everybody’ caravan holiday, little does she realise that she’s booked into the caravan site from hell.

She is soon taken under the wing of expert but inadequate caravanner, Neville … that’s when he’s not engaged in battle with his wife or trying to cope with his difficult sister-in-law.

Matters become complicated with the arrival of the enthusiastic Tony and his complaining girlfriend, Jenny. When Neville decides that a communal barbecue is the order of the day, things really start to hot up!

Director Ed Farrow  recalls; “Rehearsals have been entertaining not only because of the script, but because of the input and innovation prompted by the cast.

“This comedy encompasses everything from broad physical comedy to verbal humour both subtle and ‘laugh out loud’; the characters are finely drawn – especially if you have any experience of caravanning.”

The Criccieth Starlight Players were formed in 1974 by a group of local people interested in amateur theatre who wished to “give something back” to the community.

The Society started life as a pantomime group with its first production of Cinderella being staged in 1975.  A summer play Friends and Neighbours was staged in 1979 and this format continued until 1996 when more music based variety shows were introduced as the main summer performance.

In 2001, the Society took the step of staging three productions in a calendar year – a play in May/June – a show in the summer and a winter pantomime. In 2003, a dedicated junior section was started (SPYDRS) who meet every Saturday morning and is proving very popular with our local young performers.

Third Week In August will be performed in Criccieth Memorial Hall  on Tuesdays, from July 18  till September 5. Doors open at 7pm with performances starting at 7:30pm, Tickets £8 adult / £6 Children, available on the door or online from thestarlightplayers.com