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Local Playwright Returns With New Play Set In The Music Hall
The world of the music hall is the centrepiece of a new play that sees its creator return to her home city in Staffordshire. Carolyn Scott Jeffs is a Lichfield playwright who will see her new piece of work staged at the Lichfield Garrick theatre at the end of June. It tells the tale of music hall singer Fanny as she rehearses for her debut in the famous Drury Lane theatre during the times of the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s. As she works on her songs with her long-suffering pianist Arthur, it becomes apparent that things are not all as they seem.
Lizzie Wofford stars as Fanny
Roberts and John Productions have teamed up with the London Theatre Workshop to bring Fanny. A New Musichall to the stage. The new play promises to deliver a thought provoking, yet highly entertaining combination of songs and dialogue that aim to both educate and inspire audiences alike. Fanny tells the funny but tragic story of her friend Elsie using various forms of music hall performance to spin along the tale. The play has been written by Carolyn Scott Jeffs, whose previous stage creations include Having it All, Wenches, Out in the Garden, Tarnished Angel and Elephants. She has also produced plays for BBC Radio 4 such as Angel of New Street, Square Circle Triangle, Tarnished Wings, and 21 Conversations with a Hairdresser, while Carolyn has also contributed several episodes of the BBC1 serial Doctors. She has also been a part-time lecturer at Loughborough University in Leicestershire since 2003.
Fanny. A New Musichall is directed by the Artistic Director of London Theatre Workshop, Ray Rackham (Apartment 40C, Through The Mill), and stars Lizzie Wofford whose previous credits include the National Youth Music Theatre, Apartment 40C, and The Archers.
Fanny can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday 29 June and Friday 30 June with both performances commencing at 7.45pm. Tickets priced £12 for adults and £10 for students are available online or by calling the theatre box office on 01543 412121.