After the success of winning the President’s Cup for Best New Play at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation’s One Act Festival, the intriguingly named Preposterous Theatre Group has announced its first island tour.
The new company, the brainchild of Andreas-based Shawn Sturnick, will be performing its brand of theatre across the island from mid-September.
Preposterous scored at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation festival with its fast-paced comedy Marry Me, a not so straightforward ‘boy meets girl’ story set on Douglas seafront – where the girl has a gun and wants to marry the boy as quickly as possible – preferably the same night!
Mr Sturnick both wrote and directed Marry Me, which features Lisa Creighton of Ballaugh and Tom Cain of Kirk Michael in the lead roles.
In addition to its President’s Cup success, MarryMe was highly commended in the Geoffrey Whitworth New Play Competition.
‘The reaction from both judges and the general public was so positive that we decided the play deserves to be seen by more than just the festival audience, so we are taking it around the Isle of Man,’ Mr Sturnick said. ‘Rather than book only one of the excellent small theatre spaces that dot the island, we decided to hatch a plan called The Preposterous National Tour!’
As well as Marry Me, audiences will be treated to another original Sturnick comedy, Zenith of the Sun, starring Lisa Creighton as a statue who comes to life in an artist’s studio. Sturnick takes on the role of the artist who interprets this miracle as a sign that he and she are destined to be together. The living statue has other ideas, however.
The Arts Council has supported Preposterous with its inclusion in the ongoing programme for Island of Culture 2014.
‘Everyone involved really looks forward to bringing theatre directly to local communities, particularly in the north where regular theatre performances have been absent for several years,’ added Mr Sturnick.
The autumn season kicks off at the Erin Arts Centre, September 18 and 19.
Further dates have been booked as follows: Kensington Road Youth Arts Centre in Douglas, September 26 and 27; Laxey Working Men’s Institute, October 4; Peel Centenary Centre, October 10; Maughold parish hall, October 18; Port St Mary town hall, October 23; Onchan parish hall, October 31 and November 1; Ramsey Freemason’s hall, November 21; Andreas parish hall, November 29.
For Erin Arts Centre tickets phone 832662. For all other performances, tickets available at the door, or in advance from Celtic Gold in Peel, Shakti Man in Ramsey, or the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas.
All seats £10. All performances at 7.30pm.