Shipwrecked ... in the Lakes?


Tim Firth, of Calendar Girls fame, has crafted a superb play following four out-of-condition, middle-aged business men who are sent off on a team building exercise in the Lake District.

But they only succeed in being the first people to get shipwrecked on an island in Derwent water.

What should have been a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival.

When night settles in, strange things happen in the wilds.

What took place on Neville’s island that foggy November weekend none of this particular middle-management team would ever forget. Neville’s Island was filmed for Yorkshire Television in 1998 starring Timothy Spall and Martin Clunes and was described as a fog bound comedy. Craig Tucker, Terry Baynham, Alistair Cheetham and Richard Taylor, four experienced actors with Halifax Thespians, play the protagonists.

Leighton Hirst and his team spent several weeks building a set that is alone worth the ticket price. The production is in the capable hands of Yvonne Kniveton and Derek Smith.

lNeville’s Island starts at 7.30pm at Halifax Playhouse fromTuesday, September 3 to Saturday, September 7 when there will also be a 2.30pm matinee performance. Tickets: box office, 01422 365998.