Show celebrates rural life

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In the lead up to Christmas, Middleton and Todridge are bringing a new festive-themed comedy to the village hall.

The village has formed a group of amateur detectives to help solve local crimes. But when part-time unpublished poet Joshua Rogan’s applications are repeatedly turned down, he decides to take sleuthing into his own hands.

Believing he’s one step ahead, he begins to piece together what he thinks are a series of related crimes, enlisting an intern as his put upon sidekick.

But just when thinks he’s onto something a series of parcels arrive and he’s in for a big surprise.

The show is being brought to the hall by New Perspectives, an East Midlands-based national touring company with a 40-year track record of making work with themes and ideas that resonate with rural communities.

He Wore a Red Hat is performed by a cast of four and is written and directed by Jack McNamara.

Speaking about the event, Jack said: “Having visited so many rural villages and locations over the last few years, I wanted to write something inspired directly by them.

Christmas is traditionally a time when theatre companies haul out the classics, but we wanted to do something different; creating a brand new piece of writing, performed by a brilliant comedian and some very unexpected characters. Our aim is to give audiences an unusual spin on the crime genre and a Christmas gift like no other.”

He Wore a Red Hat is being performed at Middleton and Todridge Village Hall on Friday, December 18. Tickets are £7.50, conc £4.

For tickets, ring 01670 772 600. or contact George on 01670 772 486.