27 Feb 2017

Another gaze at the Postcodes!

Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Ross Kelly, Victoria May, Daniel Thackeray and Edward Barry
return to the stage with Looking at the Lesser Postcodes.  Photo by Shay Rowan

After its popular premiere in Oldham this January, Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, the new sketch show by Manchester comedy team The Faces at the Window and produced by Scytheplays Ltd in association with Lilaloka Productions and Hat Hair Productions, comes to Manchester in March.

Following the Oldham show, The Faces At The Window have been described by Manchester Salon as “worthy of Monty Python”.  The cast of five writer-performers – Edward Barry, Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Victoria May and Daniel Thackeray, plus director Ross Kelly (all pictured) and musicians Phill Howley and Joel Roberts – will now be bringing their “fast-flowing entertainment” show to the stylish pub and live entertainment venue Gullivers on Manchester’s Oldham Street.

Tickets for the show cost £5 or £4 for concessions and can be bought on the door or booked via WeGotTickets.

2 Feb 2017

The Dead, Live

Hot on the heels of the premiere of Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, Scytheplays Ltd is delighted to announce its next production, and once more it will premiere in Oldham.

The current season of Oldham Library’s popular live@thelibrary strand includes the first-ever performance of this new horror play, which aims to make a new take on the ghost story, taking inspiration from writers like Nigel Kneale, Susan Hill and Stephen Volk as well as the master of the form, MR James.

The Dead, Live concerns a psychic medium called Lawrence Dodds who knows he is really a fake, but who discovers that ‘the world of spirit’ has some surprises in store for him after a someone unexpected attends one of his live shows.

Oldham-based writer Daniel Thackeray has previously written Together in Electric Dreams and parts of the recent sketch show Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, both of which were very popular at the Library, who asked him to write a new play for them.

Lawrence is played by actor and co-host of The Lee/Cushing Podcast, Howard Whittock, who recently worked with Scytheplays in The Year of the Sex Olympics and MR James' Count Magnus. Carly Tarett, also from Oldham, plays Rachael, having previously appeared appeared in Scytheplays’ productions V for Vendetta and The Ballad of Halo Jones.  She is also a writer, and her self-written and performed one-woman shows, such as Sinful and Princess Dee, have been met with great acclaim around the world.

After its initial performances in Oldham, Scytheplays Ltd hopes to take The Dead, Live to fringe festivals around Britain during 2017.