NHS staff putting on a show in theatre

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NHS colleagues and friends in Harrogate have been preparing the grease paint and polishing up on their double entendres to put on a comedy, all in aid of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.

The Strumpet of Knaresborough debuts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 22 and runs until Saturday March 25 at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough.

It’s been developed by the Trust-us-Theatre Company, which is composed of colleagues from Harrogate District Hospital and beyond. This year the Company asked for a slightly more ‘grown-up’ theme than its usual panto.

The script, written and directed by pathologist Carl Gray, is an exploration of dating and love, contrasting the modern day and the Restoration Period with bites also taken out of the media and the hotel industry.

Author Carl Gray said: “We really enjoy putting on productions and raising money for a great cause.

“It’s always lots of fun. Our modern-day actors are offered a rediscovered Restoration Comedy which they attempt to put on in costume.

“Please come along, join in the fun and who knows, maybe you’ll find out who – or what – the Strumpet of Knaresborough is!”

This production is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. There are flashing lights.

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said: “Thanks to the amazing support of the writers, performers and other volunteers involved, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is able to provide funds to pay for specialist equipment, research and patient and family support that would otherwise not be there, making a real difference to patients and their families when they need it most.”

Tickets are £10 per person and are available from the General Office by the front door at Harrogate District Hospital and online at www.justaddtickets.co.uk.