Lantern Theatre lands a big Bill

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MEDICAL worker Janice Sampson shows her other talent this weekend when her new play occupies Sheffield’s Lantern Theatre.

A phlebotomist at a city medical centre, she has written Bill and tonight and tomorrow Front Door Theatre will tell its story of how five seemingly unconnected tales of life, love, death and dodgy knees converge in a Sheffield doctor’s surgery.

“Bill is left waiting for Dr Carruthers whilst his past comes back to haunt him and his chickens well and truly come home to roost,” says cast member David Chafer. “In the rich tradition of John Godber, Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood, Bill is by turns hilarious, scathing and true to life.”

Bill is a collaboration between Janice and four other local actors – including Ray Castleton, Sheffield drama teacher/voice coach Caroline Cooper and retired Sheffield teacher Jenny Derbyshire – who comprise this new professional company.

While Janice and Jenny knew each other through the Lantern, the five met through their performances at the Crucible in Confessions Of A City and Enemy Of The People.

Bill is their first offering in a joint production with the Nether Edge venue, with plans to tour the play. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £9, from the box office and via