Theatre group to make debut

Easy Company - Robbie Carnegie, Sian Dudley, Sara Gray. Photo contributed.
Easy Company - Robbie Carnegie, Sian Dudley, Sara Gray. Photo contributed.

A NEW theatre company is preparing to perform at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre Studio for the first time.

Easy Company was formed by three colleagues from Buxton Opera House – Marketing Officer Robbie Carnegie, Learning & Participation Officer Sian Dudley and Senior House Manager Sara Gray.

For their first production, Easy Company will be producing a double-bill of plays by Amy Rosenthal, daughter of the late dramatist Jack Rosenthal and actress Maureen Lipman.

In Henna Night (directed by Robbie), Judith (Sian) leaves her ex-boyfriend a message on his answerphone saying that she has brought some razor blades and some henna in order to either slash her wrists or dye her hair. Oh, and she might be pregnant. However, it is his new partner, Ros (Sara), who hears the message and it is she that rushes to Judith’s bedsit. Can the two women put aside their differences and rivalry and gain something positive from each other?

In Lifelines (directed by Sian), a wrong number leads to a meeting of minds between Robert (Robbie) and Annie (Sara). Both are in a bad place in their respective relationships – can the mutual support they give each other lead to friendship or maybe even something more?

Robbie said: “Both Henna Night and Lifelines are terrific plays. Both have so many truthful, poignant, but also very funny and original, things to say about relationships, that we know an audience will tap into.”

The double bill of Lifelines and Henna Night will be performed by Easy Company on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion Arts Centre Studio.

Tickets, priced £8, are available on 0845 127 2190 or at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.