Star in play’s lead role ‘breaks a leg’

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The old theatrical adage ‘break a leg’ rang true for Katrine Hockenhull who fell down the stairs just days before taking on the lead role in the latest Gresaley Players production.

Katrine was due to play the part of Pearl in the drama group’s forthcoming production ‘Ladies Day’, but fell down the stairs and broken her leg at her home in Westwood.

The accident has thrown the group’s rehearsals into disarray with fellow performer Lindy Whittaker stepping into the role at the last minute.

Despite the unexpected set back the cast have been told ‘the show must go on’, and the group, under the direction of Graham Johnson and Pat Samuels, are rehearing extra hard and dedicating their performances to Katrine.

Mr Johnson said: “It’s one of those situations where you just have to get on with things.

“Luckily Lindy has stepped into the breach and with the show not far away, is doing well to fill the void.”

Ladies Day is a fun-packed comedy set in a fish filleting factory and at Royal Ascot the year it took place in York.

Deborah Porter Walker, Juston Wells, Lindy Whittaker and Rhianna Holland team up to play the ladies, Colin Fletcher is cast as their boss and other roles are played by Ian Baxter, Chris Johnston, James Godson, Keith Wells, and Andrew Plumb.

The play is being performed in Greasley St Mary’s Church Hall from Thursday April 25 to Saturday April 27, at 7.30pm each night.

To book tickets and for further information call 938 2411 or 07999457067.