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Who can win control of The Bench in new play?
Fresh from a successful run at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes an intriguing play about two men on a bench. Uncomplicatedly titled The Bench, the play, which comes to the Lichfield Garrick theatre on May 10 as part of a national tour, tells the story of two contrasting men at different stages of their life. Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations he feels he is failing to fulfil. For five minutes each day, he finds a little solace and peace alone on an isolated bench. In contrast, Sandy is mourning the loss of his Maggie. The bench is his memorial to her memory, a shrine to his loss. As both men attempt to dictate the purpose of the bench, so begins an epic conflict of passive aggression that may well end up changing the two protagonists.

The Bench, Keir McAllister, Paul Sneddon
Scottish comedians Keir McAllister and Paul Sneddon team up in their first play together

The Bench, which has been produced by Watch This Space Productions, is written and performed by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister and directed by Jo Jo Sutherland. The play reunites the long-standing comic partnership of Keir and Paul Sneddon who play the parts of Sandy and Joe. Having performed stand-up shows together for many years including the award-winning Aye Right How No, this will be their first time performing in a play together. Keir commented: "I relish any opportunity to work with Paul but this is particularly exciting as we've never done a play before... it presents new challenges for us - and who knows? - we might end up killing each other - but we both love the script and are looking forward to doing another Fringe together."

The Bench
The Bench tells the story of two men on a ......bench!

Watch This Space Productions was established to support emerging writers and performers from the Scottish comedy community. The initial goal was to find ways to make the Edinburgh Fringe affordable and profitable for performersyear-roundr round in Scotland. Following a successful first fringe the company branched out and added support in areas such as writing, performance and touring. The Bench can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on May 10, starting at 7.45pm. Tickets priced 16 are available from website or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Intriguing Play About Two Contrasting Men On A Bench
When: May 10
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets 16 each
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