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Maureen Sullivan and Geoff Kirk in rehearsal for Origins Theatre's production of Fresh Start.

Origins Theatre is flying the flag for the Isle of Wight in Hertford next month.

Hertford Theatre Week showcases 6 different plays by 6 different drama groups, with teams travelling from all over the country to compete for trophies and the chance to compete in a national festival.

Origins has been selected for this year’s contest after submitting details of its original play, ‘Fresh Start’, which explores domestic abuse in its many different guises. The play was written by Origins’ director, Kevin Wilson, under his pen name of Heaton Wilson.

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Kevin has said:

“We are beyond excited! We have performed the play a couple of times on the Island, and got great audience feedback. It’s a true all-Island production, with an amazing cast that features Maureen Sullivan, Pamela Stirling, Geoff Kirk and Jason Harris, and original music performed live by John Hacker and John Bentley.

“Whatever the outcome, it will be great experience for us, and great exposure for the Isle of Wight. Just as importantly, we hope Fresh Start will entertain as well as help raise awareness of domestic abuse – which can appear in many different forms.

“There’s a bit of extra excitement for us, because it seems we are the only theatre company presenting our own play. So, no pressure then!”

Origins will take to the stage at Hertford Theatre on Wednesday 1st May. You can send them on their way by catching them just before that, doing something completely different – performing the Dickens classic ghost story, The Signalman, at Quay Arts in Newport on Friday 26th April.

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