Play will take you on a trip down memory lane

Steve Beeton (centre) with cast and crew members
Steve Beeton (centre) with cast and crew members

Memories from times past have inspired a Kimberley thespian to write a two-act play which is to be performed for the first time in Sherwood.

Steve Beeton, 57, from Swingate has enjoyed a long involvement in amateur theatre and penned the script for the play, One Thing After Another, in just three months

It was while poring through scores of play books with fellow members of the Reformed Players at a local library in a bid to choose something suitable as the groups next production that Steve Beeton suddenly decided to write his own play.

He said: “We had spent hours mulling over play scripts when I had my own ‘eureka moment’ and it struck me that writing a play suitable for family audiences couldn’t be that difficult.

“When I first started compiling the script after a short time I thought what have I let myself in for but when I came up with a storyline the pieces just fell into place.”

Steve, who has worked as a Postman for 38 years, is one of the unsung heroes of The Reformed Players which is recognised as one of the smallest yet most successful Amateur Dramatics groups in Nottinghamshire.

Steve added: “It is a fact that we attract full-house audiences and our popularity in the local community is very encouraging.”

Director David Hall and his wife Sue, who takes on a principal role alongside Steve, were greatly impressed with his playwriting prowess.

The couple, who live in Nuthall, were invited to lend their expertise by giving Steve’s play the seal of approval, which they finally did after contributing with suggestions and alterations to the original script.

David said: “The play is a little gem. Steve has really come up with the goods and it has all the qualities and ingredients to make it a big audience pleaser.”

Veteran performer Tom Sheridan teams up with Steve in a principal role while among the cast members will be Steve’s son Callum and newcomer Peter Ashby.

One Thing After Another is being performed at Sherwood United Reformed Church in Edwards Lane from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16, at 7.30pm.

For tickets and fmore information call Sue on 0115 976 4358 or pay at the door.