WIN tickets to Enter A Free Man at University Of Sheffield

Enter A Free Man: Frank Badger, as inventor and dreamer George Riley, in the  Tom Stoppard play at the University of Sheffield's Drama Studio.
Enter A Free Man: Frank Badger, as inventor and dreamer George Riley, in the Tom Stoppard play at the University of Sheffield's Drama Studio.
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ENTER A Free Man, playwright Tom Stoppard’s classic 1960s comedy drama about the Riley family, is at the University of Sheffield’s Drama Studio, from October 24 to 27, 7.30pm.

And we’ve got a pair of tickets to be won.

As Anna Karenina opens to critical acclaim in cinemas throughout the UK, screenwriter Stoppard’s Enter a Free Man is to be performed in Sheffield by the city’s acclaimed Midland Players.

This is a triumphant return to a classic play for the company and will be directed by Sheffield Hallam University Lecturer Ruth Deller.

Enter a Free Man is set in the 1960’s but in the not so swinging suburbs of a London estate, which focuses on the lives of the Riley family.

Father George is a self proclaimed inventor, devoting his life to dreaming up all manner of unusual creations. Having failed to make a single breakthrough, he is forced to rely on financial help from his daughter Linda, much to her dismay.

But life is about to change for the Rileys as George’s latest invention, a double gummed envelope that can be used twice, attracts the attention of a local wheeler-dealer.

Linda, meanwhile, is sure she’s finally met the one after a string of relationship disasters.

Now, at last the father and daughter are set to escape both the domestic life they loathe and most importantly each other.

Enter a Free Man is a revision of Stoppard’s first play, A Walk on the Water, which was originally performed in 1960 and is full of wickedly clever, witty and intelligent dialogue.

The play’s title is drawn from the quotation by French philosopher Jean Jaques Rousseau, ‘Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains’.

This all new production from Midland Players and stars entirely local performers.

Frank Badger plays George Riley with Sarah Regan is Linda.

The cast also includes Jan Wright (Persephone), Philip Ashton (Harry), Jonathan Cheetham (Able), Tony Kennick (Carmen), John Mackinder (Brown), and Danielle Smith (Florence).

It is directed by Ruth Deller - a Sheffield-based academic, writer, and blogger. She originates from Grimsby but has lived in Sheffield since 1998.

At Sheffield Hallam University, Ruth is a Senior Lecturer, a Course Leader of BA Media and a member of the C3R: Research Centre. This will be her second directorial piece for the company after her highly successful production of A Woman of No Importance in 2010.

Ruth Deller said: “Enter a Free Man is an underrated gem from Stoppard. The more we rehearse, the more I fall in love with his blend of the serious and the comedic. We’re having a lot of fun bringing the late 1960s back to life and there are quite a few surprises in store for the audience. ”

Tickets for Enter a Free Man are £8 each and can be purchased at the Box Office, call 07928 276 383 or online at www.midlandplayers.co.uk.

For more details visit www.shef.ac.uk/drama, www.Facebook/Midland-Players and {http://www.Twitter @MidlandPlayers|www.Twitter @MidlandPlayers|visit www.Twitter @MidlandPlayers}.

The Midland Players amateur dramatic society has been active in Sheffield for over 30 years, performing two plays each year at The University of Sheffield Drama Studio.

The company originally formed from staff who worked at the Midland Bank, which is now HSBC.

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