Ambitious debut for theatre group

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A Skipton theatre company is making history with its first ever production.

Daisy and Rose Theatre Productions has become the first amateur company to be granted permission to stage The History Boys by North Craven playwright Alan Bennett.

The company was set up by friends Jennie Humphreys and Rowena Mitchell just three months ago.

Miss Mitchell, 32, said: "Skipton is an historic market town with a tradition of grammar school education dating back to the 15th century.

"We feel that The History Boys is appropriate to the town and its tradition and intend to produce and stage the play in August 2008."

The small, independent non-profit-making company intends to include pupils from all local secondary schools in the production.

Director Miss Humphreys, 20, said: "There are roles for everyone - it's not just for kids.

"It's an amateur production, but we're looking to make it as professional as possible. We have every intention of making it better than the production in the West End."

Any profits generated by ticket sales will be donated to the Playaway charity based at Eshton Grange, Gargrave.

Co-director Miss Mitchell said: "We're looking for sponsorship to help us put the play on. Anyone who does sponsor us will be given full recognition."

The History Boys is a six-time Tony Award winning play, set in a Sheffield boys' grammar school in the early 1980s. It was adapted into a film in 2006.

There are 14 major roles in the play, with five subsidiary parts.

Miss Humphreys said: "It's an extremely ambitious first project, but we're ready for it."

The Daisy and Rose team also includes stage manager Kelly Lunn and co-director Tanzil Chowdhury.

Auditions are being held in the drama studio at Skipton Girls' High School at 7pm on Monday.

Anyone interested in auditioning must be over 15, and can call 07517 840348 or email historyboysskipton@yahoo.co.uk

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