Real life friendship inspires Alan’s new comedy sketch for Harrogate Dramatic Society

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Banter between two old friends from Harrogate Dramatic Society has inspired a piece of original writing featured in the opening night of Let Us Entertain You at Harrogate Theatre on Friday April 6.

The show, a mix of song, drama and comedy, is the embarking on a road show.

The original 15-sketch Good Times was conceived and written by Alan Harwood after a conversation with his friend and fellow stalwart member Derek Newton.

“We’ve known each other for many years and often indulge in ‘banter’ about all sorts of aspects of modern life – especially how things have changed since our youth,” said Alan.

“Gradually it dawned on us that there was the potential for a nostalgic sketch involving two people just like us.”

The result was Alan’s comedy creation which sees two men ‘of a certain age’ sitting on a park bench reminiscing just as Alan and Derek do.

It is full of humour and has a surprising twist in the tale.

Let Us Entertain You starts its run at Harrogate Studio Theatre on Friday April 6 and continues on dates throughout the month in the villages.

The show begins with a one-act play by Peter Quilter, Blind Date, which features two seniors on a blind date played by Alan Harwood and Alex Bird.

The production continues with a mixture of classic popular music from Judith Howe and favourites from musical theatre from Christine Littlewood, Lucy Evans and Linda Baxter.

Comedy is provided by Terry Harrison and poetry and drama selections from Judith Simpson, Jenny Antram and Laura Askew.

Let Us Entertain You is at Spofforth Village Hall on Saturday April 7; St John’s Church, Sharow, on Friday April 13; Beckwithshaw Village Hall on Friday April 27 and the Coronation Hall in Boroughbridge on Saturday April 28. Start time is 7.30pm.

Tickets: Harrogate Theatre on 01423 502116, Londis Store, Spofforth, the Post Office, Boroughbridge, Judith Howe on 01423 340185 and Christine Littlewood on 01423 879271.