Chronicle story inspires new play in Glossop
Tuesday 5th December 2017 11:12 Events Glossop Chronicle Posted by Adam Higgins

Some years ago, the Chronicle’s front page featured news that Mel Gibson was proposing to film and star in a remake of the classic war film ‘The Dambusters’.

This generated great excitement among locals that stars and crew would be seen in the Glossop and Ladybower areas. Unfortunately, the remake never happened.

But, for their next production, Glossop based company Let’s Act Theatre imagine that there was an attempt to create a version of the film, with Gibson phoning in his ideas to incompetent directors. Comic chaos ensues amongst the cast and the dissatisfied extras drafted in from Glossop.

The Let’s Act group has been busy rehearsing for the play, which sadly won’t feature Mel Gibson, and is made up of a varied and talented company, with the 16 actors including a sheep-farmer, four teachers, a Drama assistant, an Arts Council employee, a nurse, a film extra, a former mill-girl and retirees.

The original script has been written by ex-Drama teachers, Rob Faulkner and Wynne Moran.

Expect special effects, a Lancaster bomber and a Messerschmitt, dog auditions and a seamless soundscape, as well as references to Glossop’s many attractions. It’s a comedy with elements of fantasy and show-biz satire.

The play will be presented at St Mary’s Parish Hall on St Mary’s Road this weekend.

The performances – which will last just over an hour – are at 6pm on Saturday, December 9, and 3pm on Sunday, December 10.

Given the resounding success of previous productions, it’s advised that you turn up early or reserve a seat by e-mailing [email protected].

The audience is asked to pay what they think it’s worth on the way out, bearing in mind that all proceeds go to the St Mary’s Church Restoration Fund.


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Getting ready: Some of the cast from the Let’s Act group during a dress rehearsal for their production


Here are some more dress rehearsal pictures…