New play by Mansfield mum could be a winner

Toni Sutton promotes her new play Trivial Pursuit pictured at her drama groups spiritual home The Brown Cow Mansfield
Toni Sutton promotes her new play Trivial Pursuit pictured at her drama groups spiritual home The Brown Cow Mansfield
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IF you are a theatre-goer hungry for some adult drama with lots of laughs and plenty of pathos, then Trivial Pursuits could be a winner.

The play has been written and directed by Mansfield mum and part-time teacher Toni Sutton, of Under The Headstocks Theatre Company.

It tells the story of five friends who meet up for a camping weekend 20 years after losing touch with each other.

Said Toni: “They turn up with their partners and find out what they have all been up to, their life stories, how they have changed and how they are similar.

“It is a bitter sweet story which if it works will make you laugh and make you cry.

“But it is for more of an adult audience. I like to describe it as funny, fiestey and a little bit filthy.”

Toni wrote her first play seven years ago with help from successful Mansfield playwright , Kevin Fegan.

“I had been watching stuff onTV and thought ‘I could do that.’

“I was at home with little ones and I was not getting out and I just wanted a bit of an escape.”

Trivial Pursuits plays at the Crescent Centre, on theBull Farm estate, Mansfield on Friday and Saturday, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available on the door or by contacting Toni on 07871 772005.

Under The Headstocks is a community theatre group specialising in bringing the performing arts into the community and small venues and are always looking for new actors.
Previous plays from the group include The Glass Boot, by former miner and playwright Alan Dawson, set around 20 years after the miners’ strike in the early 2000s.
It tells the story of how the pit closures devastated the former mining communities.
Alan said the play was adapted from a sketch he wrote in 2004 and was a sequel to Scab - a play about his experiences of working through the 1984/85 strike.