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Our next production:

Over My Dead Body

written by Derek Benfield
directed by Kate Lawrie

Sunday 17th - Saturday 24th April 2016

2.30 p.m. Sunday matinee,
7.30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Following his wife's death, Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. He reckons, however, without his late wife's "forward planning", which results in a series of events that Gerald has not foreseen. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

"Over My Dead body" was written by Derek Benfield, who has written more than 30 plays. His first, in 1953, was "The Young at Heart". Most are light comedies, often trading on marital misunderstandings, and clearly show the influences of Brian Rix, in whose contemporary Benfield made his acting debut, in Yorkshire in 1948. His plays have been popular in regional venues and with amateur dramatic companies, and Benfield is still having productions staged in the new millennium. After Rix, Benfield worked with various repertory companies. By 1953 he was in Preston, and in the early 1960s the new medium of television seemed to have suddenly realised that the north existed, and Benfield benefited from this, acting in many of Granada's productions, including Coronation Street. He once said "My family are delighted with my success as a playwright, as it helps to prop up my tottering career as an actor."

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Play archive

2016 Season

 

Main Season:

Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime • Over My Dead BodyA Servant to Two Masters • Enter a Free Man • One for the Road

Other productions:

The Pitman Painters Waiting for Gandalf • Howard and Mimi

2015 Season

Main Season:

Entertaining Angels • Murder Weapon • The Memory of Water • Trivial Pursuits • Humble Boy

Other productions:

Waiting for Gandalf

2014 Season

Arsenic and Old Lace

Main Season:

The Odd Couple (female version) • Arsenic and Old Lace • Heroes • RopeOur House

Other productions:

A Doctor's Duty • Waiting for GandalfThe Pitman Painters

2013 Season

Main Season:

The Constant Wife  • House Guest • Private Lives • Bull in a China ShopImprobable Fiction

Other productions:

Brother and Sister  • The First Sign of Madness

2012 Season

Production shot from Loot

Main Season:

Glorious!  • The Aspern Papers • Separate Tables • Rules of the Game • Loot

Other productions:

The Eccentric • 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

2011 Season

Main Season:

Gaslight • Good Morning, Bill • Breaking the Code • CranfordBlue Remembered Hills

Other productions:

Plan C • The First Sign of Madness • Crossing the Line

2010 Season

 

Main Season:

When we are Married • Neville's Island • Present Laughter • Perfect Murder • Dangerous Corner

Other productions:

The Dumb Waiter

2009 Season

 

Main Season:

The Winslow Boy • Map of the Heart • The Hollow • The Franchise Affair • London Suite

Other productions:

Figuring Things

2008 Season

 

Main Season:

Hay Fever • Weekend Breaks • The Importance of Being Earnest • Speechless • Come On, Jeeves!

Other productions:

Dickens' Children