Dark tale of neighbours who turn vigilantes

Neighbourhood Watch by Tudor Players
Neighbourhood Watch by Tudor Players

Tudor Players are putting on the first presentation in Sheffield of Alan Ayckbourn’s 75th and most recent play, Neighbourhood Watch, next week.

The play, regarded as one of the veteran playwright’s darkest comedies, centres on a devoutly Christian brother and sister who move into a quite suburb and innocently set up a neighbourhood watch scheme to combat “drugs, violence and incest” prevalent on a nearby estate.

But gradually things get out of control and the group becomes a vigilante force controlling the lives of the people they are supposed to protect.

Neighborhood Watch premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, before transferring to London and New York as part of the 2011 Brits Off Broadway festival.

The Tudor cast is Siobhan Daley (Hilda), Ross Bannister (Martin), Andrewa Howard (Dorothy), Kevin Cheeseright (Rod), John Fereday (Luther), John Moran (Gareth), Sarah Fox (Amy) and Jenn Aspinall (Magda). Director is Phil Gascoyne.

The British Life Comedies season will continue with Fifties classic Sailor Beware in May and tap-dancing Stepping Out in October.

Neigbourhood Watch is at the Library Theatre, Tudor Square from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets are £8/ £7 via 2853450 or tickets@tudorplayers.net