Wayland Players bank on a Shaw thing

Amateur actors in Watton will be presenting a full costume production of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, after a successful Lottery grant.The Wayland Players will be performing the famous play, immortalised by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in the musical My Fair Lady, later this month.

Amateur actors in Watton will be presenting a full costume production of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, after a successful Lottery grant.

The Wayland Players will be performing the famous play, immortalised by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in the musical My Fair Lady, later this month.

To support the cost of the venture, the Players applied for and won a lottery grant and extra funding from Norfolk County Council Arts Project totalling £2,700.

The cash will be used to provide free transport to and from the first night's performance for those in outlying villages and install a hearing loop in Watton's Queen's Hall where the play is performed.


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The group, which has 20 members, will offer a free dress rehearsal preview to local school students aged 14 and 15 to encourage gifted pupils to take up drama.

“We hope these provisions will encourage more people in the community, now and in the future, to come and enjoy theatre and to join our company to contribute any skills they may have, be they young or old,” said Richard Crawley, member of the Wayland Players.

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“We chose Pygmalion because it has a bit of everything. It is a comedy, it has a bit of romance and has been made famous through the musical My Fair Lady. Our play won't have the songs, but it will be equally entertaining.”

The Wayland Players are based at the Queens Wall, Watton, and they present three productions each year - full length plays in the spring and in November, and a programme of one-act plays in June.

The free dress rehearsal preview will take place on Wednesday, April 16, followed by three full public performances over the following three days at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £6 and are available from Adcock & Sons in Watton.

For more information call Mary Rix on 01953 881 248.

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