THE Denys Edwards Players are back at the Crucible Studio next week with their summer production, Anne Of Green Gables, the play by Sylvia Ashby from the classic children’s novel by LM Montgomery.
Set in Canada in 1878, it begins with Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla deciding to adopt a boy to work on their farm, Green Gables, on the remote Prince Edward Island. But the orphanage sends a girl by mistake – the young, warm, witty and charitable Anne Shirley – and their lives are changed for ever.
The play is a contemporary telling of the classic story which is both funny and bitter-sweet. Mother and daughter Jan and Juliet Ibberson take the lead roles and the cast also includes brother and sister Eli and Niamh Ingle, making it a family classic in every sense.
It’s not always too hard to get teenagers to dye their hair rainbow colours but Juliet has reluctantly had to sacrifice her shimmering long brown hair to play the famously red-haired Anne and took advice on the best dye which goes in fast and comes out even quicker.
Anne of Green Gables is at the Crucible Studio from Tuesday to Saturday.