Wycliffe Drama Group

Winner of the Leicestershire and Rutland Drama Festival, 2008/09 'Best Play' award for Whose Life Is It Anyway? Directed by Richard Hill, Produced by Dawn Crooks
Sally Willcox also won 'Best Actress for her portrayal of Claire Harrison in the same awards.
Forthcoming Production
‘Our Country’s Good’
by Timberlake Wertenbaker

The play is set in a penal colony in 1789, where a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with a cast of dispirited convicts, opposition from a sadistic officer, and a leading lady who faces being hanged, Australia’s first theatrical production is in trouble from the start.

“Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilisation on the stage with clarity, economy and insight” Daily Telegraph

“Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre and warm” Sunday Times

“A moving and affirmative tribute to the transforming power of drama itself. A triumph.” Guardian
24th to the 29th August, The Space@Venue45, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
Tickets: £7 (£5 concession)
Tickets available from (The Fringe Box Office) 0131 226 0000 or (The Space Box Office – available from 4th August) 0845 508 8387
or online at  www.edfringe.com

This August, Lutterworth’s Wycliffe Drama Group will be performing for the first time at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Festival which takes place between 7-31 August is the world’s largest arts festival with the Fringe Festival itself staging over 2000 shows across some 250 venues. The Festival attracts some of the biggest names in show business (in 2008 Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr, Phil Jupitus and the ‘Mock the Week’ team all performed there), reported and reviewed by the international press and media.

The Group will be performing ‘Our Country’s Good’ at Edinburgh and the play will be previewed at the Lutterworth College on 13 and 15 August prior to the start of its Festival run. Now recognised as a modern classic, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s inspirational play was first performed in 1988 when it won the Laurence Olivier ‘Play of the Year’ Award.

Describing the show as “ Funny, dark, rough, warm and sexy”, the play’s director, Richard Hill, is confident that it will be of wide appeal, following a string of hits for the group. The directing and producing team for this show of Richard Hill and Dawn Crooks was also responsible for the staging of ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ which has just been voted ‘Play of the Year 2008-09’ at the annual Leicestershire and Rutland Drama Festival. At the same awards ceremony, cast member Sally Willcox was voted best actress for her role as Claire Harrison in the drama.

The group itself is now in its 60th year and stages five productions a year, ranging from comedy and pantomime to classic drama. The forthcoming trip to Edinburgh to perform at the international Fringe Festival will undoubtedly be a highlight of the Group’s history – a case of an award-winning group performing an award-winning drama at an award-winning venue.

For further details contact Dawn Crooks on 07908 471119