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Star of stage and TV screen appearing at town’s Little Theatre

Star of stage and TV screen appearing at town’s Little Theatre

by Henry James (September 2021)

STAR of the stage and TV screen Sally Bankes is to compère a special show at The Little Theatre in Southport in memory of one of their past chairman.

She will be appearing in A Little Night Out, which has been put together by the Play Selection and Casting Committee of the Southport Dramatic Club (SDC), and will be performed in the bar at the Little Theatre on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25.

Sally Bankes is a member of the SDC and has also recently been made a Little Theatre Patron.

She was a bank manager for 25 years before becoming a professional actress.

On TV she has appeared on Coronation Street, Little Britain and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as well as other shows.

The evening will be dedicated to Alistair Hewitt, a former chairman of the SDC, who died in October 2013 at the age of just 53 years.

Alistair was the assistant headteacher and head of performing arts at Maghull High School and he was also a highly regarded actor and playwright.

In 2008, he wrote a series of sketches built around events at the 1997 Grand National, which was cancelled because of an IRA bomb scare. It is called Tales from the Melling Road.

He also wrote Dangers of Tobacco, which was first presented as an SDC Bar production at Southport Little Theatre, in May 2009. It was also performed in the main theatre in 2012 and professionally as well.

During the show there will be scenes, monologues and readings from original works by SDC members.

A piece by David Davies, inspired by the writing of Jane Austen, will be directed by Celia Pope.

Deputy chairman of the SDC, Steve Pritchard, will perform an amusing monologue written by John Sharp.

Emily Parr will perform excerpts from her one woman show, No Coward Soul.

Tickets are £10 which are available at www.littletheatresouthport.co.uk

Meanwhile, Grape Juice, written by Paul-James Green, is to be presented by Ghostlight Performers from September 30 - October 2 at the Little Theatre Bar on Hoghton Street in Southport.



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