Production highlights nostalgic memoir of childhood

Tudor Players present Cider with Rosie at the Libary Theatre, Oct 15-19 2013
Tudor Players present Cider with Rosie at the Libary Theatre, Oct 15-19 2013

A cast of 24 actors from Tudor Players are immersing themselves in rural England to bring Laurie Lee’s classic tale, Cider with Rosie, vividly to life.

With the centenary of the First World War next year, it is a timely return to those times with a wonderfully evocative story of life in the tiny Cotswold village of Slad beginning in the last year of the Great War.

It chronicles the way traditional village life began to disappear as the 20th century progresses described with warmth, humour and sadness.

Phil Gascoyne directs the production at the Library Theatre next week.

Roger Bingham plays the Laurie Lee role of the Narrator with his younger self, Loll, played by Stuart Rooker. Edwina Gascoyne is his mother and Christie Thompson the title role of the elusive Rosie.

Also in the cast playing a rich variety of characters are Sarah Fox. Fran Rooker, Jen Aspinall, Ross Bannister, James McCready, Andrea Howard, Pam Bush, Judith Wade, Beth Earnshaw, Vivienne Mager, Carolyn Heslop, Dylan Howells, Rod Duncan and John Fereday.

Tudor Players will follow Cider with Rosie with a season of British Life Comedies in 2014 comprising Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn (February 18-22), Sailor Beware by Phlip King and Falkland L Cary (May 13-17) and Stepping Out by Richard Harris (October 14-18).

Cider with Rosie runs at the Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets at £8/ £7 via 2853450, tickets @tudorplayers.net, www.tudorplayers.net