Wirksworth writer’s plays to be staged in town

Wirksworth Community Theatre is continuing its tradition of bringing first rate and original theatre to the town by presenting two plays from Wirksworth writer, Chris Thompson, pictured. 

The first, Skeggy, was originally broadcast on Radio 4 in 1999 and is still repeated from time to time on Radio 4 Extra. 

It has been updated and will be presented as a radio play, around the microphone, with a team providing sound effects. 

The play takes place in Skegness over one day and focuses on three couples, each of whom has a reason to be there. Chris will direct the play. 

Following Skeggy will be the first performance of Tess, a one-act stage play, centred on a woman who finds herself at a crossroads in her life. 

Chris light-heartedly describes it as “a jolly tale of female empowerment”. It will be directed by Mike and Helen Knott. 

Chris is delighted to be working with the Community Theatre. He has worked extensively in radio and television, having produced sixteen original dramas for radio and written over 150 episodes of The Archers. 

He was lucky enough to work at Granada in the 1990s alongside such writers as Sally Wainwright, Russell T Davies and Kay Mellor and has over three hundred TV credits. 

He worked for Emmerdale for many years as well as writing for popular series like Heartbeat, Children’s Ward and The Grand. 

The performances will take place at Wirksworth Town Hall at 7.30pm on April 16, 17 and 18. Tickets are £10 each and available from March 16 at Marsdens Gift Shop (01629 820191) in Wirksworth Market Place.