Drama group’s appeal for actors for new play

A MANSFIELD drama group that is known for putting on plays that tackle hard-hitting social issues in mining communities is looking for budding actors who want to appear in its new production.

The Under the Headstocks Community Drama Group will be performing local writer Alan Dawson’s controversial play, ‘The Last Grammar School Boy’ in November.

The play spans five decades up to the present day and examines the devastating effects of alcoholism and domestic violence and their relation to the individual, family and local economy.

It will be performed at the Brown Cow pub, on Ratcliffe Gate in Mansfield on 18th and 19th November.

Said Alan, a former miner turned playwright: “Although rehearsals have begun, the group are looking for actors for the production.

“The group’s last performance saw the impressive debut of two local female actors, Caz Nash and Charlotte Andrews.”

Under the Headstock’s last production was Alan’s ‘The Glass Boot’, which centred around the devastation that pit closures caused to mining communities, 20 years after the miners’ strike.

He has also written a play called ‘Scab’ about the strike.

Anyone interested in being part of The Last Grammar School Boy should contact Alan Dawson by emailing thetownsman@hotmail.com or by calling 07900 571737.

The drama group meets at the Brown Cow at 7pm on Fridays.

It also encourages interest from the local community and welcomes dialogue with all groups and individuals who have an interest in the play and its themes.

Following the performances of the play, there will be a post-production event led by drama graduate Rebecca Noakes, giving audience members the chance to talk with the cast and director about the play and its themes.

The event will be for charity.