Hour of fun fea­tures 500 years

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Flip Out In Town -

For­get about the Can­ter­bury Tales, a theatre group is en­cour­ag­ing towns­folk to at­tend a se­ries of per­for­mances cel­e­brat­ing 500 years of the town’s most in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters.

Sus­sex-based theatre group The Com­pany has promised colour and may­hem when they per­form The Ash­ford Tales in the town cen­tre next month.

They have al­ready cre­ated quite a stir, so much so that they were even forced to re­hearse in the council cham­ber after of­fice work­ers com­plained about the noise from an out­side re­hearsal.

Di­rec­tor Stephen Is­rael said: “For­get the Can­ter­bury Tales, we are bring­ing a lit­tle bit of theatri­cal may­hem to Ash­ford, with 500 years of his­tory and sto­ries in one hour of fun.

“It is an out­door play which is suit­able for all ages, and has been writ­ten by play­wright Suzi Hopkins, who wrote the award-win­ning Mont­fort’s March to com­mem­o­rate the 750th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Lewes.”

The mu­si­cal play is part of Ash­ford’s Cre­ate Plat­form Fes­ti­val, and fea­tures mu­si­cian and ac­tor Mike Sim­monds, who has worked around the world with per­form­ers such as Alice Rus­sell, Per­im­plum, and The Moulettes.

Mr Is­rael said that Ice­landic ac­tress Gudfinna Ru­nars­dot­tir, who now lives in Ash­ford, is play­ing a lead role in the play, and also said that Ash­ford Borough Council’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tant Jamie Cox has been drafted in.

The per­for­mances will take place next week­end on Satur­day, July 15 and Sun­day, July 16 and the week­end after at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church­yard in the town cen­tre.

Tick­ets cost £5 for adults, £3 for con­ces­sions, and £12 for a fam­ily ticket for two adults and two chil­dren from www.rev­e­la­tion­sash­ford.co.uk

The Ash­ford Tales per­for­mances will be tak­ing place in the town cen­tre

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