Award-winning comedy comes to town

Director Donna Wood
Director Donna Wood

THEATRE-goers will have their spirits lifted by a new production of an award-winning post-war comedy.

St Joseph’s Players are putting on Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey, the tale of a mischievous spirit which only one man can see and appears as a giant white rabbit.

Donna Wood directs the St Joseph’s production of the play, which was written in the 1940s and intended to lift spirits after the horrors of World War Two with its emotional and moving story of lead character Elwood P. Dowd.

Ms Wood said: “Elwood is seen as insane by his sister, niece and the public yet he is not angry, aggressive or violent. He is happy, cheerful and extremely pleasant.

“He takes great pleasure in trying to make other people happy with the aid of his friend. He highlights this in a speech that brings a lump to my throat, not because it is sad but because it is so innocent.

“To me Harvey has a message for us all. Elwood does not see life as it is, but as it should be.”

The production takes place at St Joseph’s Concert Hall on Chapel Street, Leigh between Tuesday October 13 and Saturday October 17, with all performances beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for under-16s, available from Ratcliffes Bike Shop on Bradshawgate or on the door.

The company is also keen to hear from anyone who would like to tread the boards or would be interested in helping backstage in roles such as painting scenery, applying make-up, sewing costumes or serving refreshments.

Rehearsals are on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at St Joseph’s Hall, with access via the side door on Mather Lane.

To find out more, visit stjosephsplayers.com