High price to pay for fame

'Game of Souls': Barry Ryan-English, Nathan Smith & Daisy Leigh
'Game of Souls': Barry Ryan-English, Nathan Smith & Daisy Leigh

Reality TV shows, celebrity culture and the modern obsession with social media come under the spotlight in ‘Game of Souls’ which will be presented at Halifax Playhouse on Saturday, May 30.

The dynamic new show, written by John Waterhouse with songs by Rob Smith, combines comedy with music and is presented by Halifax Thespians in association with Casagua Productions.

The show represents a new departure for John who has written 10 other productions - as this is the first he has tackled with music as part of the action. He said: “The show is a satire on our celebrity-obsessed cultures, fuelled by reality TV shows, the press and social media.

“It pokes fun at the lengths that some people will go to in the pursuit of fame and public success. The question is: how much control do they really possess and can celebrities ever control their own egos?”

After meeting in a lesser part of hell, two demons decide to play a game of chess using humans as pieces. During the game they try to alter the course of each piece’s destiny. Using comedy and song, the humans, all of them high-profile famous people, find themselves in a number of awkward situations.

The ‘game’ starts in a London hotel bedroom and centres on a rising young politician who has started an affair with an actress. After he is exposed, events quickly move on to newspaper offices, a TV chat show and the Olympic Games - with a few clandestine meetings in restaurants and a park along the way.

John said: “Two important questions remain - just how much free will do the chess pieces really possess and are their own egos, greed and lust far more powerful motivators than any influence from the demons?”

The cast includes Barrie Ryan English, Stacey Coleman, Emmy Fyles and Harry Fitzwilliam-Pipe.

‘Game of Souls’ starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01422 365998.