Rugby league meets romance at Town Hall

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THE forbidden romance between a Wiganer and a Leyther is one of a number of tales to be performed at a landmark building.

Playwright Julie McKiernan is among a group of local writers who have penned Life in Leigh, a promenade play to take place around Leigh town hall.

The production, which allows the audience to follow actors around the historic building in Market Street during the performance, includes stories of a ghostly legend as well as the tale of two star-crossed lovers from rival towns.

Julie, a drama lecturer at Leigh sixth form, said: “The play is all about life in Leigh and the town hall has been a major inspiration for the script.

“It has been created by 12 writers from Script Shop, which is a unique group in the local area that focuses solely on script writers.

“This is a promenade piece and the audience will be guided through the building, with the actors leading them around.

“There are a wide range of characters in the 15-strong cast. One scene in the town hall foyer will look at today’s economic climate, while another scene will tell a Romeo and Juliet-style love story between a Wiganer and a Leyther.

“And my script is based on my experiences as a Leigh rugby league fan. Drama students from Leigh sixth form college have helped with the production as part of their course.”

Writers from Script Shop have had huge success since the group was formed 10 years ago, with many members having their work performed professionally.

The cast of Life in Leigh will include actors from the touring Newfound theatre company.

The production is part of the Words Festival, a two week programme of literary events which has included author workshops, storytelling, theatre and family fun days.

Life in Leigh can be seen at Leigh town hall on Friday, May 6 from 7.30pm. Entry is £3 on the door.