Our next production:
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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