Head Girl joins theatre company for summer play

Andrew Piper
Andrew Piper

The Esk Valley Theatre is about to embark on its eighth professional season at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale and recently held its annual auditions in York and London.

“As usual, the standard was very high”, said producer Sheila Carter, “and out of 800 actors submitted we auditioned 40, but only needed one male and one female.

Elizabeth Boag

Elizabeth Boag

“Actor Andrew Piper will be joining us for the summer along with Elizabeth Boag. We couldn’t believe it, when we discovered Elizabeth was a former Head Girl of Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering.”

A graduate of Leeds University and the Mountview Academy in London, Elizabeth is now based in the capital and has done a variety of theatre, TV, film and radio work. She has appeared in the West End production of Lilies on the Land, the BBC soap Doctors, two Stephen Poliakoff dramas, the short-film series Jack Malchance and plays on Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Elizabeth will soon be back in North Yorkshire to play the role of Doris in Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy, Same Time Next Year at the Esk Valley Theatre in Glaisdale from 3-25 August.

Same Time Next Year is directed by Mark Stratton and reveals what happens when George and Doris have a romantic liaison once a year over 25 years. An emotional intimacy develops as they discuss their family problems and adapt to the social changes affecting their lives.

Sheila added: “The Esk Valley Theatre converts the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale into a theatre each year.

“The stage is extended and a lighting rig is installed along with tiered seating. The result is an intimate and vibrant performance space which is exciting for actors and audience alike.”

The season has become a major event for the area with several pubs and restaurants offering pre-theatre lunches and dinner.

Before a performance, theatre-goers can also enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink under gazebos, amid the stunning scenery of the North York Moors.

Tickets are available from the Esk Valley Theatre box office on (01947) 897587 or visit www.eskvalleytheatre.co.uk

The Esk Valley Theatre is a not-for-profit company and is supported by Arts Council England, Scarborough Borough Council and local sponsors. It is committed to creating and bringing high quality drama to the North York Moors.