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

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