“We’ll always have Paris” those immortal words delivered by Bogart to Bergman in the cinematic classic Casablanca provide the title of Jill Hyem’s highly acclaimed and most recent witty new comedy.
Always at the forefront of amateur drama in the northwest, Bolton Little Theatre strives to present a vastly varied season of plays comprised of a balance of classic and modern theatre to suit the broad tastes of our members and patrons alike. At BLT we delight in the inclusion of new plays to our programme. And We’ll Always Have Paris is one such example.
Hyem herself is no stranger to theatre: a professional actresss, she trained at the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art and she made her West End debut in Goodnight Mrs Puffin. Her television appearances include Dixon of Dock Green and Bold As Brass.
But it is as a writer for stage, television and radio that Jill Hyem really made her mark. She is credited with writing strong parts for women. We might not readily recognise her name yet many of us will be familiar with some of her work. The radio plays came first including The Dales, Waggoner’s Walk and the award winning Remember Me. TV credits include the popular BAFTA nominated drama Tenko, Wish Me Luck, Angels, Nanny, Howards’ Way, The House of Eliott and some of the Agatha Christie Miss Marple adaptations.
In We’ll Always Have Paris, Hyem brings together three old schoolfriends who could not be more different: There’s Nancy, a retired headmistress who is enjoying her welldeserved cultural fling in Paris. Then there’s the longsuffering recently widowed Anna, finally released from caring from her demanding invalid husband. They are joined by the insatiable, licentious and muchmarried Raquel enjoying yet another fling. These retired ladies of a certain age are enjoying everything that “Gay Paree’ has to offer: wine, food, shopping, culture and of course, Men. Add to the mix a French landlady who’s as rabidly Anglophobic as she is chicly French and a ‘resting’ actor who moonlights as a handyman, then you have all the ingredients of a heartwarming light comedy.
Directed by Glenn Robinson and bringing together the raw talents of BLT regulars June Grice, Peter Scofield, Sue Gill, Jennifer Lee and introducing newcomer Any Partington, this is a delightful and fitting finale to BLT’s 80th Season. Not to be missed.
Live from Worktown are staging a special commemorative performance of "Hovis in Wonderland" in The Forge at 7.30pm on 19th May 2015, as part of their second Live from Worktown poetry and music festival, running between April 28th - May 30th.
"Hovis in Wonderland" celebrates the poems and life of Hovis Presley "the bard of Bolton" and marks the tenth anniversary of the death of this great wordsmith and humourist. Hovis' best-selling collection of poetry 'Poetic off licence', is also being republished and will be launched at this event. Written by his friend and contemporary Dave Morgan, it features many of his best poems, as well as looking into how his life and background inspired him. The play has been broadcast of Radio 4 and has also been performed at several festivals including Lattitude,
Also in support - Chris Kehoe, Bolton Comedian of the Year 2014.
Tickets are £5/£4 conc and available on the door or online at livefromworktown.ticketsource.co.uk
To find out more about this and the many other events happening as part of the festival, please visit livefromworktown.org