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Receiving two regional awards is the ideal boost for Haverhill's Centre Stage Company as it approaches its next stage production




The next production by the multi-award winning Centre Stage Company will bring together many of the team that has just won two regional awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA).

The Haverhill-based amateur dramatics company is staging The History Boys, based on the film version of Alan Bennett’s play, at the arts centre from May 22 to 25, with a 7.30pm performance on each day.

And the production comes hot on the heels of the Centre Stage Company winning the Best Young Actor Award, given to Charlie Morton-Moody, and the Best Play in 2018, given for One Man, Two Guvnors.

Charlie Morton-Moody (right) and Patrick Cowell in rehearsal for the History Boys. Picture by Alison Harris Photography
Charlie Morton-Moody (right) and Patrick Cowell in rehearsal for the History Boys. Picture by Alison Harris Photography

The awards were given for productions put on in District 7 of the Eastern Region last year.

Charlie played the lead role in One Man, Two Guvnors, and he will again be working alongside some of the same team involved in that play, including director Gemma Harrison and actor Paul Gardiner.

Gemma, whose first directorial role with the company was the Vicar of Dibley two years ago, said of the play: “Essentially it’s exactly the same (as the film version). It’s the same script and everything. There is a slightly different timeline but everything else is the same.

Paul Gardiner, who plays Irwin in The History Boys. Picture by Alison Harris Photography
Paul Gardiner, who plays Irwin in The History Boys. Picture by Alison Harris Photography

I’ve always wanted to direct the show, but as with many amateur dramatics companies, we have struggled to get as many lads together as we would like.

“But i think they are all incredibly suitable to their roles and suited their characters really well.”

The head of drama at Samuel Ward Academy, Matt Russell, joins the cast (his first part with the company) as Felix, the head teacher at the school in which the play is set.

Hector, the teacher portrayed in the film by the late Richard Griffiths, is played by Steve Murray; Paul Gardiner plays the teacher, Irwin, and the part of Timms (James Corden in the film), is filled by Charlie Morton-Moody.

Tickets for the show are available on 01440 714140 or from www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

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