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Hope Amateur Dramatic Independent Theatre (HADIT)

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th June

Hope Amateur Dramatic Independent Theatre (HADIT) are back on stage in early June with Better Off Dead, a “comedy of confusion” by Alan Ayckbourn.

The playwright is known for the structural ingenuity of his plays, and this one has a characteristically imaginative scenario. Increasingly irritable over-the-hill author Algy Waterbridge sits in his summerhouse ploughing through his 33rd crime novel. In the world of the book – which appears whenever he starts typing away at his keyboard – his gruff Yorkshire copper DCI Tommy Middlebrass is in hot pursuit of a serial killer, aided by his new sidekick, “southern softie" DS Gemma Price. Back in the real world, he must contend with various interruptions, including his long-suffering PA, a wife who no longer remembers who he is, a self-obsessed journalist, and his wideboy publisher who hasn’t actually read any of his books. Gradually, fact and fiction start to blur.

Performances are at Hope Methodist Hall, Edale Road from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th June at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7). Tickets (£10) are available at or ring 01433 620665 for phone bookings.


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