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THE LADYKILLERS by Graham Lineham
(Dudley Little Theatre, 15-18 May)

To end our current season with an enormous laugh, Dudley Little Theatre is performing The Ladykillers from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May at Netherton Arts Centre. Adapted by Father Ted author Graham Lineham and based on the 1955 Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness, The Ladykillers focuses on a disparate gang of hardened criminals who rent a room in the home of sweet old Mrs Wilberforce, and from where they hatch a plan to execute a daring security van robbery at the nearby King’s Cross Station. Mrs Wilberforce believes them to be musicians, a string quartet rehearsing in her upstairs room. Indeed they even play a record of Boccherini as cover while the daring escapade is plotted. Needless to say, things do not go quite as planned for the inept group of gangsters. While the discovery of their crime seems highly possible, they face a far worse threat when compelled to perform the Boccherini quartet for Mrs Wilberforce’s twittering group of doddering old friends! The Ladykillers will be performed at Netherton Arts Centre, Northfield Road DY2 9ER from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May at 7.30, with doors and the licensed bar opening at 7pm. Tickets cost £9 (£8 concessions) and can be bought through Dudley Little Theatre’s website at www.dudleylittletheatre.org, or at the door on the night. Tickets can also be reserved by phoning 01384 872583, 07582 318017 or 07954 424555. The Ladykillers is a wonderfully light-hearted way to bring our 72nd season to a close. It would be a crime to miss it!

Jan 2013 - DLT awarded BBCCF Grant

Netherton based theatre group, Dudley Little Theatre, founded in 1947 from a drama group originally formed at St Thomas’s Church Dudley, is celebrating after receiving a grant from Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation to support it in providing high quality live theatre as part of the rich cultural scene for participants and audiences throughout the community to access and enjoy.

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John Lucock said “It is essential for the long term growth and survival of our company that we continue to reach out to anyone interested in theatre, either as participants in the many aspects of production, or as potential audiences. As a company we are committed to providing training opportunities for new and established members and I am particularly excited also,at this time, to be forging links with local colleges and to working collaboratively with them. Our recent grant from BBCCF will be an invaluable boost in the coming year and I would like to thank the foundation and the people of Birmingham, Black Country and district who have contributed funds”.

Yvonne Palmer, Director – Operations & Programmes of Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation said” We are delighted to be able to award this grant to Dudley Little Theatre and to support them in the work they are doing in their community. The Foundation is all about supporting local people to address local issues, by distributing money to people who really do and will make a difference for the future.”

Please contact Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation to make a donation or apply for a grant. Tel 0120 322 5560, email:team@bbccf.org.uk or visit: www.bbccf.org.uk for more information.

For further information and interview opportunities please contact Chris Ridgeway, Publicity Officer: 01384 872583: christineridgeway337@hotmail.com

Notes to editor: Founded in 1995 and grant making since 1987, the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation (BBCCF) is a charitable body funded by donations from local businesses and individuals, government grants and the National Lottery. BBCCF is a member of the Community Foundation Network, the national support agency for community foundations.