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Name of event: The Thrill of Love, the open­ing pro­duc­tion of the Rossendale Play­ers’ much-an­tic­i­pated 2017-18 sea­son. Where / when is it?: There will be seven per­for­mances of The Thrill of Love, from Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, to Satur­day, Septem­ber 30, at the New Mil­len­nium Theatre on Burn­ley Road East, Water­foot. What does it involve?: This sum­mer marked 62 years since the last woman in Bri­tain was hanged. Ruth El­lis, a for­mer model and night­club host­ess, was ex­e­cuted in 1955 for shoot­ing and mur­der­ing her lover David Blakely, who was a rac­ing car driver. Amanda Whit­ting­ton’s play drama­tises the in­fa­mous true story and takes a closer look at the woman be­hind the head­lines. Di­rec­tor Stephen Gill has lined up a stel­lar cast and back­stage crew. Stephen says that, after check­ing with the au­thor, this pro­duc­tion will look a lit­tle closer into the ef­fects of the abuse that El­lis suf­fered at the hands of her fa­ther and var­i­ous lovers and at how young and vul­ner­a­ble she was. With a court case that lasted less than three days and cer­tain doc­u­ments that will not be re­leased un­til 2030, there is plenty of spec­u­la­tion as to who else may have been in­volved in the crime. Who is it suit­able for?: All au­di­ences wel­come. Any other in­for­ma­tion?: Tick­ets are £9 and can be pur­chased from Watts News (next door to the theatre) or on­line via Tick­etSource. Tick­ets can also be re­served by call­ing Anne on 01706 228720. Want to find out more?: Visit www.rossendale play­ – new web­site com­ing soon. Or find us on Face­book @TheRossendalePlay­ers. Name of event: Stand-up com­edy evening. Where is it?: The Boo Theatre, 679 Bacup Road, Water­foot. When is it?: Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, 8pm (Doors 7.30pm). What does it involve?: De­scribed by none other than Sarah Mil­li­can as ‘a very funny man’, Caimh McDon­nell has firmly es­tab­lished him­self as the white-haired Ir­ish­man whose name no­body can pro­nounce. Archie Kelly is best known for his comic por­trayal of Kenny ‘Daglish’ Se­nior in the award-win­ning Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. They’re joined by the award-win­ning Jenny Col­lier and your com­pere for the night, Rob Ri­ley. More in­for­ma­tion?: Visit:­and­bam­ or call 01706 220241.

●● Ir­ish co­me­dian Caimh McDon­nell is to per­form at the Boo Theatre

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