Summery play warms wintery hearts

Titchfield Festival Theatre is putting on Perfect Pitch from January 18-28.  Pictured is: (back l-r) Kay Fraser, Ben O'Shaughnessy, Steve Harris, Georgie Gulliford.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120083-2411)
Titchfield Festival Theatre is putting on Perfect Pitch from January 18-28. Pictured is: (back l-r) Kay Fraser, Ben O'Shaughnessy, Steve Harris, Georgie Gulliford. Picture: Sarah Standing (120083-2411)
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It’s the depths of winter, and even though Christmas and New Year have come and gone, we’re all still experiencing those long drives home in the dark, and the biting cold wind outside.

But Titchfield Festival Theatre is looking ahead to 2012 with a bright forecast, as its first production of 2012 is John Godber’s 1988 play, Perfect Pitch.

Ron, a retired headteacher and his wife, Yvonne, have purchased their first caravan and are trying it out in Yorkshire. Pitched on the cliff a caravan appears next to theirs and Steph and Grant, a more working-class pair of seasoned caravaners, have arrived.

Georgie Guliford, who’s playing the part of Yvonne, says: ‘It’s not the most popular time of year but it was what we wanted – to get off with a well-known playwright and also a good comedy.

‘It gives people something to smile about after Christmas and the dark nights and everything. Everyone is feeling a bit low, and the play is set in the middle of the summer in a campsite! It’s just a light-hearted comedy.’

The production of Perfect Pitch runs from January 18-28, with Kevin Fraser as director.

Tickets cost £7 to £9 from Titchfield Festival Theatre on (01329) 556156 or go to titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.