Comedy with a darker side to be staged by Ribchester group

Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society's cast for 'Time of My Life'  shows Peter Rabbitts and Susan Cronshaw seated, with Guy Mason, Martin Smith and Suzannah Rogerson behind, in rehearsal.

Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society's cast for 'Time of My Life' shows Peter Rabbitts and Susan Cronshaw seated, with Guy Mason, Martin Smith and Suzannah Rogerson behind, in rehearsal.

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Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society is all set to stage the comedy Time of My Life by Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Set around what appears to be a happy domestic scene, a birthday party at the Stratton family’s favourite restaurant, as with most Ayckbourn comedies, there is a darker side, a sting in the tail, with several skeletons rattling in various cupboards.. and Ayckbourn also plays with time.. the present, the past and the future.

Playing the parents are Peter Rabbitts and Susan Cronshaw. Their elder son Glyn is played by Guy Mason and his wife Stephanie by Rebecca Parkinson. Younger son Adam is played by Martin Smith and his new girlfriend Maureen is a wonderful part for youngest cast member Suzannah Rogerson who has, despite her youth, already performed in plays, pantos, promenade pieces and Cabaret for RATS and is a very talented youngster.

Having said that, the cast as a whole, including Dave Procter as the restaurant owner, is an A list of RATS talent. Regular patrons will know that very well!

Produced by Robin Simmons and directed by Keith Flood, this Ayckbourn promises to join the other classics of his work the RATS have tackled over the years, including the trilogy Norman Conquests, Ten Times Table and Just Between Ourselves.

The play is on at Ribchester Village Hall on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm and, please note, Sunday, November 13 (not Saturday) at 7pm. So a different day and an earlier time for the Sunday show.

Tickets, as always, are available by ringing 01254 878530.