CCADS say goodbye to theatre as we know it

Kevin Redfern (left), and Tatenda Madamombe play the lead roles in a new production of To Kill A Mockingbird by the CCADS theatre group.

Kevin Redfern (left), and Tatenda Madamombe play the lead roles in a new production of To Kill A Mockingbird by the CCADS theatre group.

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Having played host to hundreds of plays over the years, the New Theatre Royal is soon to close its doors, and CCADS wants to say its farewells.

The amateur group, which is based in North End, is putting on Lee Harper’s To Kill A Mockingbird at the theatre between September 21 – 24.

John-Paul McCrohon, who is directing the production, believes it’s a fitting end.

He explains: ‘We’ve had so many successes there, it’s the end of a chapter I think. It will be lovely to go back in a couple of years once they have made all the changes.

‘Then maybe we will be able to put on more exciting productions there.’

Set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, To Kill A Mockingbird follows the story of Atticus Finch as he defends a black man, Tom Robinson, in a rape case.

The original novel, published in 1960, explores the importance of moral education, and how good and evil do co-exist in everyday society.

John says: ‘It’s set against such great social unrest, and there is so much prejudice between black and white people.

‘But it has some wonderful characters in it, and it’s great for a company of actors to tackle.’

Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel in 1990, the play runs every year in Monroeville (Lee Harper’s birthplace) on the county courthouse grounds.

CCADS’s production will star Kevin Redfern as Atticus Finch, while South Downs college student, Tatenda Madamombe, will make his acting debut as Tom Robinson.

John adds: ‘The difference with the stage adaption is that you have the older version of the young girl, Scout Finch, looking back at what has happened.

‘Rehearsals are going really well. We’ve been together as a whole cast during the past week and a half, and everything is coming together.

‘Up until recently we have been working on different sections, but it’s great to see it all come together.’

CCADS (Corpus Christi Amateur Dramatic Society) formed in 1992, and has a cast of over 40 members. Its past productions have been shown at the Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal and the Groundlings Theatre.

Tickets cost £6 to £10 from New Theatre Royal on (023) 9264 9000 or visit newtheatreroyal.com.

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