Taking a gamble with booze, cash and emotions
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TWO theatre companies have joined forces to put on a play this month. First performed in 2013 as a one-act play, Luck of the Draw returns to the stage at the Duke Street Theatre in Duke Street, High Wycombe, this month as a full-length play and a co-production between High Wycombe theatre companies Renegade Theatre Company and VF Theatre Company.
Luck of the Draw is one night in a student house, and what happens when you mix drinking games and the Euromillions?
Friendships get tested and blood gets spilt. It poses the question, what would you do for £23million? Lie? Cheat? Blackmail? Kill?
Written by local playwright Michael Smith and performed by a seven-strong cast of talented performers, this raucous, profanity-laden script is hilariously directed by Matthew Dye.
Michael Smith is an actor and writer from Maidenhead. He has been a regular attendee of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as both a performer in works he has devised, and as a writer of the musical 1,000 Suns.
Having studied drama at Exeter University, Michael now works with the acclaimed PaddleBoat Theatre Company producing devised theatre aimed at children and young people.
Matthew Dye, the renowned director of numerous musicals with the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre, is noww returning to his first love, comedy.
He is “thrilled” to once e again be working alongside his long-time theatrical friends at Renegade and VF.
The play features cast members from all three previous Renegade productions as well as newcomers to the Duke Street Theatre stage.
Zac Abbott, who appeared in Renegade’s last show, said: “Spring Awakening was the perfect welcome to a company that I instantly knew I wanted to do more with.
“Luck of the Draw was the perfect opportunity to do that. It’s hilarious.”
Claire Deards, who played leading lady Annabel Glick in Lucky Stiff for Renegade, added: “It’s so exciting to be back in the Renegade rehearsall room, and with Matt too!
“This play is just so daft but it does make you think about winning the lottery