Players aim for the feelgood factor in poignant production

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THE Winslow Players are rehearsing hard for their latest production, which opens on Thursday, October 6.

After September, by Jimmie Chinn, follows the fortunes of staff of the Gwendolen Kyte School for Girls – an odd assortment of social misfits and eccentric types.

The day before the new term begins, they return to a catalogue of catastrophe, and tension reaches breaking point when a government inspector arrives who wants to close the school down.

Director Derry French emphasised this is not a pastiche romp in the mould of recent Winslow Players production Daisy Pulls It Off, but a warm, touching and often very funny depiction of true-to-life characters and the relationships between them.

Nine of the cast of 11 play teachers, along with the school cook and the school inspector.

Ms French said: “It’s a very difficult show to categorise. It’s a comedy in parts but it’s not a full-blown comedy.

“Some bits are really funny, some bits are quite sad, and there’s a mystery element too.

“It’s quite poignant.

“It’s set in the school staffroom and there are some nice little character studies of the teachers.

“It’s been lovely watching it develop and the interplay between everybody starting to come out, the tensions and friendships between characters.

“You can tell the staff have been together a long time – they know each others’ foibles.

“It’s been lovely to do. It’s a feelgood show but it’s not overloaded with sentiment. I think people will go away feeling happy and content

After September runs from Thursday to Saturday, October 6 to 8, in Winslow Public Hall at 8pm. Tickets cost £7 (£5 concessions) from Jennie Wren’s, in Market Square, Winslow, or on the door.

For more information, ring Derry French on 01296 715185 or email derryfrench@btinternet.com