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 players.org.uk – 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: www.horseandbamboo.org or call 01706 220241.
●● Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell is to perform at the Boo Theatre