Stage is set for high drama at the Assembly Rooms this March

March 10, 2015

THE stage is set for high drama at Tamworth Assembly Rooms this March with performances ranging from a critically-acclaimed one-woman show to a showcase of the best local talent.

Actress Paula Penman will tread the boards on Friday, March 13th for Chicken Pox Fox Productions’ Donna Disco, telling the tale of a clumsy, bespectacled teenager who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her cross-dressing neighbour.

This will be followed by the return of the five-night Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival, from March 17th to March 21st, when dozens of local theatre groups will showcase their talents.

Hailed as a ‘tour de force of writing, acting and directing’ by Three Weeks, Donna Disco was the first offering from show and tell theatre company Chicken Pox Fox, produced to critical acclaim in 2011.

Written and directed by Lee Mattinson, the one-woman show is about a larger-than-life, disenfranchised 14-year-old girl.

Donna Disco

Donna Disco from Chicken Pox Fox

Donna has a new school project to source a stranger’s story and present her findings at the annual Christmas Pageant. And so she takes it upon herself to befriend the colourful cross-dressing butcher from downstairs.

But when her mother goes AWOL and an innocent crush on a local pretty boy goes hideously wrong, Donna’s world begins to disband and the disco that plays in her heart is in danger of grinding to a glittering, gobsmacking halt.

Find out how it all pans out at 7.30pm on Friday, March 13th at the Assembly Rooms.

Tickets for the show are priced at £10 (£8 for concessions) and are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk , in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Total Arts Tamworth in last year’s winning play – For the Love of a Butterfly by Rebekah Fortune – which went on to win the English title. Pictured are Chloe Mander as Boy Beetle and Sue Fortune as Witch Beetle.

Total Arts Tamworth in last year’s winning play – For the Love of a Butterfly by Rebekah Fortune – which went on to win the English title. Pictured are Chloe Mander as Boy Beetle and Sue Fortune as Witch Beetle.

The Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival kicks off on Tuesday, March 17th for five nights of spellbinding and captivating performances from the best the region has to offer.

Theatre companies from Tamworth and the wider area will compete with plays that will be scored by GoDA adjudicator Susan Doherty.

Up to three plays will be performed each night, with the overall festival winners going through to the next round of the All England Drama Festival.

Last year’s Hastilow Festival winners – Total Arts Tamworth – went on to be crowned English champions in the national contest.

Tickets for the Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival are priced at £4 on Tuesday to Friday evenings and £6 on Saturday. They are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk , in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.