Build­ing Jerusalem

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IT IS about to be the Year of Rooster in Bea­cons­field be­cause Jez But­ter­worth’s ac­claimed play Jerusalem heads to town at the end of the month.

Bea­cons­field Theatre Group’s next pro­duc­tion is set on St Ge­orge’s Day on the morn­ing of the lo­cal county fair.

The play de­tails the trou­bles of lo­cal char­ac­ter Johnny ‘Rooster’ By­ron.

Rooster is about to be evicted from his car­a­van by the lo­cal coun­cil, but his ex-part­ner wants him to take his six-year-old son to the fair and a mot­ley crew of mates wants his am­ple sup­ply of drugs and al­co­hol.

The pro­duc­tion, ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal di­rected by di­rec­tor Mark Old­know, is very much a fam­ily af­fair. Play­ing the lead is Ryan Wit­ney who has long wanted to claim this role.Ryan’s daugh­ter, An­gel, plays Pea and an­other per­former – An­thony Sen­dall – has his chil­dren Emily and Oliver, in the cast.

Jerusalem is a comic, con­tem­po­rary vi­sion of ru­ral life in Eng­land to­day and con­tains strong lan­guage within the con­text of speech pat­terns used by many in their ev­ery­day lives.

The play won rave re­views dur­ing its first run in 2009, es­pe­cially for Mark Ry­lance who played Johnny.

It has ap­peared on the West End and Broad­way since then.

It run­sat the Bea­con Cen­tre Theatre un­til April 1 start­ing at 7.45pm.

Tick­ets are £14 (con­ces­sions £12) f. There are also £10 stu­dent (un­der 18s) tick­ets avail­able for the Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day per­for­mances only. Box Of­fice: 07572 657535 and on­line at: www.bt­gth­e­atre.org.

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