High Tor Players to tour Ayckbourn’s Table Manners

Table Manners performed by High Tor Players
Table Manners performed by High Tor Players

Amateur actors are putting the finishing touches to their latest labour of love.

High Tor Players are in final rehearsals for Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn which will be staged in three venues next month.

Liz McKenzie, who is directing the production, said: “A professional company will have weeks of whole days to prepare for a production; the High Tor Players usually have ten weeks of two rehearsals a week, each lasting two hours at the most. It’s a good job we love it and have a committed team. Everyone pitches in and together we make it work.”

The company will stage Table Manners at Youlgrave Village Hall on April 7, Ashover Parish Rooms on April 8 and Wirksworth Town Hall on April 9. All performances start at 7.30pm.

Table Manners focuses on a daughter who is looking after her ailing mother when she decides to have a weekend away and entrusts the care of her mum to the remainder of her family. However, not all goes according to plan.

Jane Small, who chairs High Tor Players, said: “Under the experienced direction of Liz McKenzie we are assured of a polished and entertaining evening.”

Simon Brister, secretary, added: “This continues a highly successful revival of the group that celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017. The recent successes and the new members attracted means we can now stage a greater variety of productions and we are looking to including Darley Dale in our November ‘tour’.

Tickets for Table Manners cost £8, obtainable by calling 01629 733407 or on the door.