Players’ hospital show to have you in stitches

Rossendale Players "Visiting Hour"
Rossendale Players "Visiting Hour"
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Fun, fun, fun is the best way to describe the Rossendale Players’ latest offering of three short productions.

“Visiting Hour” is a trio of three hospital-based stories, one of which comes from the pen of Players member Dorrie Partington.

The first two, “In Plaster” and “Show Business” by Richard Harris set the tone for the evening with sharp scripts and smart acting.

The evening’s entertainment beigns with the humourous tale “In Plaster”, starring just Paul Higginbotham and Janet Hall as his long-suffering wife.

It soon becomes clear that Paul’s character, the bed-ridden Eric, has been up to no good with a female work colleague, and his increasingly ludicrous attempts at explanation had the audience in fits of giggles.

Next comes “Show Business” and a much more ensemble piece, dominated by Siobhan Morris’ very particular television reporter and her bickering, camp cohorts played by Elliot Brown and Daniel Marshall. Siobhan plays the part with aplomb.

The best is saved for last with “Bedside Manners” and a witty tale of hospital patients including one with a very dark secret.

As ever with the Players, the hospital ward set at the New Millennium Theatre is fantastic, and matched by the acting.

The play runs at the theatre in Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, until Saturday, April 12th.