Landlord ensures stage set is perfect

Taken in The Railway, Tyldesley , the full cast, left to right, Joyce Elder, Connor Parkinson, Carly Lomax, Andrea Peters, Karen Ward, Alex Clarke, Ian Taylor and Drew Iron.

Taken in The Railway, Tyldesley , the full cast, left to right, Joyce Elder, Connor Parkinson, Carly Lomax, Andrea Peters, Karen Ward, Alex Clarke, Ian Taylor and Drew Iron.

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A PARTNERSHIP has been formed to help celebrate a theatre stalwart’s 100th performance.

Tyldesley Little Theatre (TLT) and Earle Law, landlord of The Railway pub, TLT’s own local, have enjoyed a longstanding relationship upholding the local community values that they both hold dear.

Visitors to the bustling backstreet pub can spend time looking at the many TLT photos that adorn the walls, and they’ll very often be rubbing shoulders with cast and crew of the latest play as they do it.

But in March, relationships will never have been closer as Earle kindly lends a hand in decorating and promoting Tyldesley Little Theatre’s latest production – the fantastic comedy ‘The Reunion’ which is set in the function room of a friendly local pub, just like The Railway itself.

Director Lisa Taylor, a teetotaller, has happily organised pre-rehearsal photo sessions and post-rehearsal pep-talks in The Railway’s snug, as can be seen in the accompanying picture.

The show features strong turns from award winning actresses Joyce Elder, Andrea Peters and Karen Ward alongside popular regular Alex Clarke with newcomers this season, Carly Lomax, Connor Parkinson and Drew Iron.

“The mixture of old and new talent is what it’s all about”, says the final member of the cast, Ian Taylor.

And he should know – ‘The Reunion’ will mark an astonishing 100th role for him at TLT.

“I’ve been a member since 1987,” he said. “And I’ve seen faces come and go, but I’m sharing the stage on this landmark occasion with a bunch of the most talented individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure to know – which is nice, because they’re also amongst my very greatest friends!

“The strength of TLT, just like Earle and the staff of The Railway, is that they’re genuine, down to earth, friendly people and they keep the local community buzzing.”

Ian’s director for his landmark centenary performance is his wife, Lisa in a huge but happy coincidence.

“It’s a great script and Lisa will do a good job directing – she’s cast some really good actors – plus she’s got the support of our very own local pub behind her,” added Ian.

The show, written by brilliant comic writer Peter Gordon, focuses on an ill-fated reunion of old mates, 25 years after they went their separate ways and mixes real belly laughs with scenes of great sadness and emotion.

Information on tickets and TLT productions are available from the usual Box Office number: 01204 655619 or 01942 886908, or via the website: www.tlt.org.uk