Award winners’ play set to be a festive cracker

Roger Lloyd Jones takes on the role of the caretaker with a dark secret in Poulton Drama's production of A Christmas Fair, by playwright Jim Cartwright
Roger Lloyd Jones takes on the role of the caretaker with a dark secret in Poulton Drama's production of A Christmas Fair, by playwright Jim Cartwright
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Poulton Drama promise they’ve got a real Christmas cracker of a production for stage fans.

The group is performing the first play for more than a decade produced by The Rise and Fall of Little Voice playwright Jim Cartwright.

He has granted permission for award-winning Poulton Drama to stage A Christmas Fair – only the second time it’s been performed in the UK.

As its title suggests, the comedy centres on a fair in a Northern village and the web of sagas, secrets and stories that unfold around the festive tombola, punch bowl and Santa’s grotto.

Roger Lloyd Jones (pictured) takes on the role of the caretaker with a dark secret, while Cathy D’Arcy is Veronica, the stalwart of the WI whose life isn’t quite what it seems.

Stuart Holden is the vicar with an unconventional past, and Laura Cullen – who won a NODA award for her portrayal of Alice in The Vicar of Dibley – plays Lucy, the village girl with small ambitions and a big 
imagination. Newcomer Jack Bell plays Johnny, the tortured writer from the Welsh valleys who arrives in the village just in time for Christmas. They are all under the direction of Colin Johnson.

He said: “Hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories emerge, young love seems imminent and the caretaker just wants to go home, while Veronica needs all hands on deck to make her Christmas Fair a success.”

Audiences will be invited to come forward and take part in a very real Christmas Fair during the interval too.

A Christmas Fair is being performed at Thornton Little Theatre, November 26–29.

Tickets available by calling (01253) 200737