The Hospital Players // 39 Steps

39 Steps is at the Plowright Theatre, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe Tuesday 5th September – Saturday 9th September 2017 at 7.30pm

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39 Steps, a comedy thriller, is Hospital Players next production at the Plowright Theatre.

2 of the 10 actors that are taking on 139 roles between them are Sarah Barrowcliff and Leon Lurie in their debut roles with this well established theatre group.

Sarah says ‘I belonged to Scunthorpe operatic society (I think it’s called scunthorpe musical theatre group now) before I went to Lincoln uni. Where I studied graphic design and advertising! I was in my fair lady and carousel which I really enjoyed. So when I came to see the last performance by the hospital players I wanted to join. Now I had more time πŸ™‚ I was born in Scunthorpe and went to university in Lincoln. I’ve always loved musicals and drama which I studied at John leggott college in Scunthorpe. Pamela has being such a fun role to be given in my first hospital players performance and everyone has been so lovely and put me at ease! But I am slightly nervous for the opening night.’

Leon says ‘I have had no previous acting experience except for roles in school plays in the dim and distant past.  I have lived in the Hull area for most of my life and although my late wife Judi and I bought our retirement cottage in Redbourne in 2002 we never actually retired from work.  We lived in Hull during the week and spent our weekends at our cottage in Redbourne.  I have been a solicitor for over 50 years and continue to work part time at my family firm in Hessle.  We moved permanently to our cottage in Redbourne in 2015.  When Judi died in June 2016 I decided, aged 77, that I had to discover new horizons.  I joined the Hospital Players in August 2016 and have prompted in their last two productions in September 2016 and April 2017, which gave me first-hand experience of stage working and understudying the characters of both productions.  I then auditioned for a part in the current production of β€˜The 39 Steps’ and was given the part of Professor Jordan, the German Spy.  This has been quite a personal challenge, both learning my lines and understanding the actor’s role on stage.  I hope I will survive play week!  I have really enjoyed getting to know the members of Hospital Players and am immensely grateful for their support, guidance and friendship.

The play is
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock

Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

See how the group, including the experienced directors and technical crew have to deal with multiple scenes to stage, including a train, the Forth Bridge and Flying Aeroplanes. 

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