Belper Players back with new work by town writers for festival

Belper Players are presenting two brand new plays at Belper Arts Festival this month
Belper Players are presenting two brand new plays at Belper Arts Festival this month
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Belper Players are performing two new plays by local writers as a double bill for Belper Arts Festival.

At just 19, Sophie Mander is one of Belper Players’ youngest members with a number of acting roles under her belt.

Now she is making her writing and directing debut with My Kingdom For A What?

In her play, washed-up Lionel Maddox MBE returns to the role of Richard III – which made him famous – in a small theatre in modern day Leicester.

What he doesn’t expect in his attempt to revive his flagging career is to come face to face with King Richard himself.

Funny and poignant, My Kingdom For A What? considers how history and art have shaped the legacy of Richard III.

Sophie said: “Richard III’s story is one that fascinates me, like so many before.

“I wanted to cut through his controversial reputation and portray him not just as a hunchbacked tyrant or maligned monarch, but as a brother, a husband, a father and a man.”

Also on the bill is Another Chalk Circle, by Jeff Moule.

Jeff has already written and directed the group before with Caging The Wild Birds and Not Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

In this new piece, he has re-worked Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and brought it right up to date.

Staying true to its folk tale roots, but inspired by the debate about whether Britain should join in the bombing of Syria, this new version has plenty to say about war, devotion, and seeking refuge.

Jeff said: “I try not to take sides, I want to tell a story – a parable – and then challenge the audience to have an opinion at the end of the play.”

The plays will be performed from May 18 to 20 at The Strutt Centre on Derby Road at each night 7pm.

Tickets are available from 07582 416610 or online from www.belperplayers.com