A new play, written by local playwright Clare Campbell-Collins, features no fewer than three Guide Award nominees.
Thursday’s Child, which premieres at Rosie’s Vineyard, Southsea, tonight and will also be performed there tomorrow, features Patric Howe and Jennie Rawling, who were both nominated for Best Amateur Actor and Actress at the 2012 Guide Awards.
The play’s director, Steve Blackham, directed Venetian Twins for the Southsea Shakespeare Actors last year, which was nominated at the awards for the Best Amateur Drama Production.
Thursday’s Child, which is being put on by Rope’s End Theatre Company in association with the Southsea Shakespeare Actors, features Anne, a young woman who moves back home with her belongings stuffed inside three black bin liners.
She feels lost, hurt and humiliated. Unable to help herself, Anne sets about helping others and begins to find the peace she’s looking for with Lilian, the good-hearted resident of a care home, and the forbidding Mr Jameson, who lives alone in his flat.
Clare, who teaches part-time in the performing arts department at St Vincent College in Gosport, says: ‘I’ve had butterflies in my stomach ever since I decided to change the book I was writing into a play, and that was two years ago. It’s two years of excitement at the prospect of this play being performed. It’s possible I could spontaneously combust during either performance!’
Tickets cost £8 from Rosie’s Vineyard, Southsea, on (023) 9275 5944.