THE WORLD premiere of Mark Carey’s Keeping Our End Up can be seen at Leamington’s Loft Theatre from April 3 to 13.
Based near Stratford, Mark’s previous works have been aired on Radio 4 and performed in theatrical venues throughout the country. He is also a seasoned actor who has worked for Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre and appeared on television in programmes such as Doc Martin, Casualty and Luther.
Inspiration for Mark’s latest creation came a couple of years ago while visiting a local indoor bowls arena, where a little ‘eavesdropping’ made him realise while the men focused predominantly on their bowls match, the women talked in an honest and often humorous way about life in general – their relationships, health, growing old, families and politics.
And so the seeds were sown for an idea that eventually evolved into Keeping Our End Up.
The comedy drama shows the ladies of Longfield Bishop clinging bravely to the metaphorical mast as they fight for survival against the turbulent storm that is life at the bottom of the local bowls league.
It is also a celebration of their bravery, humour and ability to get on and sort out problems, not only on the bowling-green but also in their day-to-day lives.
The cast includes Sue Moore, Ruth MacCallum, Sam Harris, Lesley Wilcox and Wendy Morris.
Director Michael Rolfe said: “It has been a real joy to work with such a strong cast on a script that is dramatic, funny and moving in equal measure.”
Visit www.lofttheatrecompany.com for tickets and further details.