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Edition No. 91

Date:- 21 March 2003

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When We Are Married.

Maghull's 'Too Friendly Theatre Company' are in the final stages of rehearsals for their next eagerly anticipated play, their production of J. B Priestley's comedy 'When We Are Married', is to be performed at Ormskirk Civic Hall on Wednesday 26th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March, commencing at 7.30pm.

"Our lost play at the Civic Hall - Alan Bleasedoles 'Having A Bail' - sold out and we received more mail for that production than anything else we had done. Although this is a slightly different play 1 still think that audiences will love it just as much" says Director Cliff Gillies.

The play is set at the turn of the century when three highly respectable Yorkshire couples, pillars of their local society and chapel are celebrating their triple Silver Wedding Anniversary with a hearty blow-out, a quiet game of cards, some shored reminiscences and a good deal of self congratulotion. When a "shock revelation" puts paid to their enjoyment and threatens the very foundations of their reputations and marriages. Their attempts to come to grips with their unwelcome situation are disrupted by an equally unwelcome stream of intruders ~ a subversive charwoman, a charismatic preacher, a blundering reporter, a drunken photographer and a "lady" who is certainly no better than she ought to be! Throw in a cheeky young maid, a wayward niece and a "lah-di-dah" young Southerner for good measure and you con see why their quiet celebration turns into every host and hostess' nightmare.

Tickets for the performances are £6.50, though there is a special offer of two tickets for £ 10 on all tickets bought for the Wednesday and Sunday performances for as long as supplies lost.

For more details about the theatre company itself, check out the company website at or phone Helen on 01704 534552 for ticket bookings.

The Company.
The 'Too Friendly Theatre Company' is a NODA affiliated amateur theatre company based in Sefton. The group formed over three and a half years ago when a wayward director branded a group of actors under his charge as 'too bloody friendly for my liking. Believing having fun and being friends to be an integral part of theatre, at the end of the play's run the 'Too Friendly Theatre Company' was born. The group strives to make amateur theatre as exciting as possible for both the performers and the audience.

Director & Producer - Cliff Gillies

The History.

Our first production was Willy Russel's 'Blood Brothers', held at Ormskirk Civic Hall. Such was the success of this show we took the production for a second run to the 

New Cambridge Theatre in Southport.  For the next production we stuck with a winning formula and decided to perform the hilarious 'Stags And Hens'.

'Wuthering Heights' proved a change in both direction and mood. Emily Brontes classic was again a audience winner at Crosby Civic Hall so much so, due to public demand, had a second run at the New Cambridge Theatre.

It was back to comedy for the next play, the ageless classic 'Breezeblock Park', using the wonderful facilities of the Rose Theatre, Ormskirk.

once again comedy was on the menu at the Civic Hall with the company's next sell out hit 'Having A Ball' by Alan Bleasdale.

The first in the company's 2003 program, J.B.Priestley's 'When We Are Married', is currently at the rehearsal stage and is set to be performed from 26th to 30th of March.

Further dates have been booked and confirmed for the company's two further shows of 2003. The titles of which are to be kept under wraps!

What The Critics Say.

"Firstly, let us congratulate all of you on a wonderful performance. This is truly a great ploy/show, and your troupe of players did it full justice Cliff and Mark were superb, and their loud and prolonged applause was richly deserved..." K & 5. W. (Formby)

" A truly great performance a great night was had by all it's nice to know we have so much talent in Liverpool Well done " D.H. (Liverpool)

"I just wanted to say well done to all the cost because I never enjoyed a show so
much in my life ... It is great to know that am dram is alive and well in Liverpool - and so good!"
(B.M., Southport)

"What a fantastic play! (Wuthering Heights) I can honestly say it was just fantastic inevery sense! ... 1 cried and cried ... Truly amazing" (A.B. Crosby)

"Last night we went to see "Wuthering Heights" by the Too Friendly Theatre
Company... I just wanted to say well done to the cost because I never enjoyed ashow so much in my life"
(B.M. Southport)

"..just thought I would drop you a line to let you know how much my friends and 1
enjoyed your production lost Thursday at the Rose Theatre... You seem to do quite avariation of plays, from Wuthering Heights to Breezeblock Park. Quite an achievement"
(L.G. Parbofd)

"I've never laughed so much. I really enjoyed the show.... a big "Thank Yod' for a wonderful evenings entertainment." (C.Morris)

"Hi guys, been to 3 of your plays and they were EXCELLENT. A fantastic night... You should be very proud," (A & P Lincoln, Ormskirk)

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