A night to remember

I don’t know about you but I often find that when I’m looking for things to do – and in particular when I want to do something a little different – I seem to miss the activities and events that are taking place on my doorstep.

I’m not sure if this is because I presume to know what is happening in my local area or if I just take the approach to cast my metaphorical ‘entertainment planning’ net as wide as possible and see what I can catch.

As a Wakefield based PR agency, we are involved with activities and events that take place throughout the district but I have a shocking confession to make – I have never been to a performance at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield undoubtedly a jewel in crown of the city and district.

I’m pleased to say that last night all that changed.

We were very lucky to receive two tickets to attend the new production of Teechers, starring James Dryden, Laura Bryars and Frances Wood. From the moment we entered the doors the production had started – without us entirely realising it. The actors were jumping the queue, making comments and being generally cheeky to the audience. A brilliant ice breaker.

The entire production was performed by just three actors and at first I wondered how this would translate, sometimes it can take more imagination that I admittedly have at 7.30pm on a Thursday evening after a busy week – but I’m pleased to say it worked really well.

The storyline was injected with quick witted humour and the unforgettable Simon Patterson. The storyline was based around four main characters; three final year students, Ian ‘Salty’ Salt, Lillian ‘Hobby’ Hobson and Gail Saunders, as well as the newly appointed drama teacher, Mr Harrison.

The play focuses on the lives of these students, along with the teacher who is fresh out of university. The performance brings their thoughts, aspirations and of course more than a dabble of mischief to the stage, which has some hilarious consequences. The acting wasn’t the only thing that needs commending, with a relatively small space to bring such a big hearted production to life, the set design certainly deserves a mention.

I don’t want to give too much away, as this performance will be touring the country and I think to really appreciate it you have to be there. So for now I will leave you with my recommendation to get your tickets booked.

It is worth mentioning that this was a debut role for Frances Wood, former contestant of the hit talent show The Voice. Needless to say she doesn’t disappoint and throws herself into her performance, which coupled with her co-stars in this play only leaves you wanting more. There is no doubt that this will not be the last we see of Ms Wood, a true star in the making.

There was no doubt that this production is an ideal option for those who want to switch off after work and have a giggle with friends. It is touring the country but for those who want to catch it at the beautiful Royal Theatre in Wakefield, then tickets are available until tomorrow. Make sure you get yours!

For more details visit www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

I for one will be making a note of the performances that will be running up to Christmas. I’ve learnt my lesson and will be checking for events and attractions that are closer to home from now on.