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Horror and comedy brought to Great Yarmouth by drama group

Little Shop of Horrors co-director Harry Williams fights off a man-eating plant to plea for young pe

Stage versions of a horror comedy musical and a TV sitcom favourite are aiming to kick start amateur dramatic groups for all ages at a Great Yarmouth theatre.

St George’s Theatre is showcasing “am dram” productions of Little Shop of Horrors and The Vicar of Dibley from north Norfolk in a bid to launch youth and adult groups in the town.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the move was part of a development plan for St George’s as it strove to be an arts venue which involved, as well as entertained, the local community.

“Being part of a drama group is great fun, and it is not just about the acting. We are looking for people to get involved in technical, design, costume and stage management too.”

Mrs Thompson added: “It is great fun, a chance to meet new friends, and gain skills and confidence for future careers or just for everyday life.”

St George’s revival from a redundant church was driven by arts fans including The Masquers drama group in the 1970s, so it was important for amateur theatre to be an integral part of the next chapter in its history, she said.

The Little Shop of Horrors show features the youth drama group from Sheringham Little Theatre. It is set in a run-down American flower shop owned by Mr Mushnik and manned by timid Seymour and his love interest Audrey.

The dark comedy, laced with 1960s-style pop music, sees the wilting alien plant, Audrey 2, thrive when it is fed human beings. It will be staged on Saturday September 30th at 7.30pm.

The Vicar of Dibley, by the Sheringham Players, features Christmas chaos as the cast of favourite characters set about a Nativity play. It also sees Hugo and Alice returning from honeymoon, a village quiz, and Radio Dibley week. It is on Saturday November 25th at 7.30pm.

Audiences are invited to come along and enjoy the fun – but also to see if they would like to join planned new Great Yarmouth-based drama groups.

The youth group would be for 12 to 25 year olds and it is hoped to do Easter and October productions next year.

To find out more about joining a group contact artsforall@stgeorgestheatre.com or call 01493 331484.