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The Cat In The Rain

The Cat In The Rain

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HONEYMOONING and killers don’t usually make for an ideal mix in real life.

But in drama Sheffield company Chief Theatre are hoping it whets appetites as they prepare to present a world première in their home town before a brief tour.

The group made its name last autumn with a début production of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, at The Library Theatre.

It followed the loss of the group’s friend Dean Julian, “the inspiration behind our company’s formation and continuing existence”, according to co-founder Glenn Allott

From May 18-21 Chief Theatre will stage a second production.

The Cat In The Rain is a new play by first-time playwright Julianne Watling.

“Julianne, another good friend of Dean’s – as seemingly everybody who knew him was – wrote the play specifically for Chief Theatre having seen our production last September,” says Glenn.

“The play, a dark comedy revolving around a troubled honeymooning couple and an armed killer, sees our The Dumb Waiter cast and my Chief Theatre co-founders Andrew Turner and David Dobson re-unite together with Branwen Christie and Laura Curnick.”

Performances will take place at the Creative Arts Development Space (www.cads-online.co.uk), a former industrial premises in Shalesmoor, before visiting venues in London and Southampton with more to follow.

“The unit we will be staging our production in was until recently a welding shop and still has a way to go to be transformed for our opening night.

“It is certainly an all-hands-on-deck experience, but one we are all finding very invigorating.”

Tickets from HMV Sheffield High Street, www.hmvtickets.com and on the venue door on performance nights.

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