Soap star in stage play

Actress Ursula Holden Gill
Actress Ursula Holden Gill
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A NOSTALGIC play reading with a difference, starring former Emmerdale actress Ursula Holden Gill, is to be performed at Buxton’s United Reformed Church this weekend.

‘Still Life’ is the original stage play which became the film ‘Brief Encounter’.

Set in a railway station refreshment room in 1936, two happily married strangers - a suburban housewife and a doctor - develop a close acquaintance after a chance meeting.

This deepens into affection and eventually into love and they begin a love affair, which they try to enjoy while they can.

Helpless in the face of their emotions, the play follows their pitiful love affair, from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable end.

Planet Rabbit’s eight-strong cast will read and perform the Noel Coward favourite, in costume and in character, presented like a radio play.

Heading the cast is Emmerdale actress Ursula Holden Gill. Ursula played Alice Dingle in the ITV soap and received a National Soap Award in 2006 for Best Dramatic Performance and a TV Choice Award for Best Actress in a Soap Opera in 2007.

Still Life will be performed at the United Reformed Church, Hardwick Square East, Buxton, on Sunday December 11, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £7.50, including refreshments of cups of cocoa and mince pies served during the reading, and can be purchased on the door or reserved in advance on 01422 648069 or 07986 122300.