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Audience take centre stage in new Lichfield Players show

Audiences can look forward to sitting back and being taken on a fascinating 30 year journey when the Lichfield Players take to the stage next week.

The society are performing John Mortimer’s autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father at the Lichfield Garrick from March 25.

Ian Davies. who plays the title role in A Voyage Round My Father

Ian Davies. who plays the title role in A Voyage Round My Father

Written by the author of Rumpole of the Bailey, the play spans the years between 1932 and 1961 and treats theatre-goers to snapshots of Mortimer’s life in terms of his relationship with his blind and eccentric father.

“We staged the play in the round on its first outing with the Players in 1986, as that really suited the succession of short stories and time transitions involved,” said director Rose Bodger. “But this time we’re doing something completely different.

“For our 2014 run, I’ve introduced lots of Brechtian elements of theatre. For example, the son will address and tell his story to the audience directly, and props and costumes – which are predominantly black and white – are representative rather than authentic to help solve the problem of presenting the passage of time.

“And it won’t just be the audience sitting in the auditorium. The actors will be seated around the performance area throughout the whole play and will take charge of their own props and any adjustments to appearance: the 20-strong group of actors play 40 characters between them.

“We hope our mode of presentation will captivate the audience’s imagination and be just as interesting as the storyline itself.”

The show runs from March 25 to 29 at the Lichfield Garrick. For tickets, call 01543 412121 or visit

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