Southgate takes a bet on a winning farce


The peace and quiet of a tranquil country hotel near a racecourse is shattered when an unscrupulous bookie decides to check in and use the premises as the base for a betting scam.

Chaos ensues as the retired colonel and his wife who run the hotel become the ignorant victims of the cunning race-fixing scheme - and by race day itself the stage is set for comic pandemonium.

John Chapman’s farce ‘Dry Rot’ is being presented by Southgate Drama Group at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, from Thursday, June 25, to Saturday, June 27, at 7.15pm.
 The cast includes Craig Tucker as Colonel Wagstaffe with Helen Alsancak as his wife, Chris Walker as the unscrupulous bookie Alfred Tubb and Dexter Tikader as his accomplice, Fred.

In an attempt to cover up his activities, Mr Tubb hires a secretary John Danby, played by Mick Bray, whose eye for the ladies lands him in trouble with the Colonel’s daughter, played by Sophie Goldthorpe. To make matters worse Fred is smitten with Beth (Keira Watson), the likeable housemaid.
 Add to the mix a racing ‘fixer’, a French-speaking jockey and a visit from the local police and there’s plenty to enjoy in the farce’s winning formula.

Tickets for ‘Dry Rot’ are available from £6 from the hotline on 07773 733102 or on the door.