Comedy duo step into new territory in big play debut

A thumbs up from Bobby Ball as Tommy  Cannon looks on....

A thumbs up from Bobby Ball as Tommy Cannon looks on....

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When talking about Bobby Ball you don’t think ‘playwright’.

More likely you think much-loved, cheeky chap who excels in one-liners and shouted ‘rock on Tommy’ while wearing a pair of red braces on primetime Saturday night TV in the 80s.

But think again.

The St Annes funnyman has written a play which will be premiered at Lowther Pavilion next year - and it will star not only him, but his comedy partner as well.

In what is a major coup for the Lytham theatre, Tommy Cannon has agreed to take part in the project, which will be performed with Fylde Coast Players.

“The idea is to do this play on our own doorstep, in a smaller venue, see if it works and then perhaps tour it,” said Bobby. “Tommy and I are going to do four nights in Lytham and if it goes down we’ll think about taking it round the country.”

Called Rock Off Tommy, Bobby’s play has a suitably bizarre spot - he and Tommy have had a big fall out, Tommy heads to Spain to open a bar and books some acts to try and increase trade ... only for Bobby to turn up.

Rosie Withers, from Fylde Coast Players, will direct the play and can’t wait to start.

“It is a huge honour that Bobby has asked our group to get involved and that he trusts us to do a good job,” she said.

“Bobby is a friend of one of our members and came to watch when we did The Importance of Being Earnest. I think he was impressed and maybe that’s why he’s chosen us to help him with this play.

“I’m a massive fan of theirs and I always watched them on TV when I was growing up. It will be so much fun to direct them ... I mean can you imagine trying to direct Cannon and Ball! I can’t wait.”

Tickets for Cannon and Ball’s Lytham play will go on sale in due course. In the meantime the pair star in two summer shows at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre (Step Back in Time and Ooh La La, from July to September). Tickets from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Fylde Coast Players are at Lowther Pavilion from July 3-6 with a thriller called Dead of Night. Tickets from www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk