27 Feb 2017

Another gaze at the Postcodes!

Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Ross Kelly, Victoria May, Daniel Thackeray and Edward Barry
return to the stage with Looking at the Lesser Postcodes.  Photo by Shay Rowan

After its popular premiere in Oldham this January, Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, the new sketch show by Manchester comedy team The Faces at the Window and produced by Scytheplays Ltd in association with Lilaloka Productions and Hat Hair Productions, comes to Manchester in March.

Following the Oldham show, The Faces At The Window have been described by Manchester Salon as “worthy of Monty Python”.  The cast of five writer-performers – Edward Barry, Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Victoria May and Daniel Thackeray, plus director Ross Kelly (all pictured) and musicians Phill Howley and Joel Roberts – will now be bringing their “fast-flowing entertainment” show to the stylish pub and live entertainment venue Gullivers on Manchester’s Oldham Street.

Tickets for the show cost £5 or £4 for concessions and can be bought on the door or booked via WeGotTickets.

2 Feb 2017

The Dead, Live

Hot on the heels of the premiere of Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, Scytheplays Ltd is delighted to announce its next production, and once more it will premiere in Oldham.

The current season of Oldham Library’s popular live@thelibrary strand includes the first-ever performance of this new horror play, which aims to make a new take on the ghost story, taking inspiration from writers like Nigel Kneale, Susan Hill and Stephen Volk as well as the master of the form, MR James.

The Dead, Live concerns a psychic medium called Lawrence Dodds who knows he is really a fake, but who discovers that ‘the world of spirit’ has some surprises in store for him after a someone unexpected attends one of his live shows.

Oldham-based writer Daniel Thackeray has previously written Together in Electric Dreams and parts of the recent sketch show Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, both of which were very popular at the Library, who asked him to write a new play for them.

Lawrence is played by actor and co-host of The Lee/Cushing Podcast, Howard Whittock, who recently worked with Scytheplays in The Year of the Sex Olympics and MR James' Count Magnus. Carly Tarett, also from Oldham, plays Rachael, having previously appeared appeared in Scytheplays’ productions V for Vendetta and The Ballad of Halo Jones.  She is also a writer, and her self-written and performed one-woman shows, such as Sinful and Princess Dee, have been met with great acclaim around the world.

After its initial performances in Oldham, Scytheplays Ltd hopes to take The Dead, Live to fringe festivals around Britain during 2017.

3 Jan 2017

Arise, The Faces At The Window!

Scytheplays Ltd is proud and rather excited to announce its first production of 2017.  In a co-production with Lilaloka Productions and Hat Hair Productions, the company is producing the first performances of a brand-new sketch comedy group, The Faces At The Window.  The show is called Looking At The Lesser Postcodes and will premiere in Oldham, Lancashire on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th January 2017.

The Faces At The Window comprises five writer/performers: Victoria May (The Butterfly Catcher, Under Manc Wood), Richard Barry (well-known in Manchester as a comic and singer-songwriter), Steve Cain (Together in Electric Dreams, The Best), Edward Barry (A Holiday From What?and Scytheplays' Who@50: An Unearthly Child) and Daniel Thackeray (Together in Electric Dreams, The Haunting of Blaine Manor).

Their show, Looking at the Lesser Postcodes, will be the first in a planned series which will reveal the peculiar and comedic characters lurking near some of the UK's most unremarkable postcodes, showcased in sketches and comic songs in the style of a radio comedy show recording.  Following its debut in Oldham it is planned to take the show to other parts of Greater Manchester and around the country.  Looking at the Lesser Postcodes is directed by Scytheplays regular Ross Kelly (V for Vendetta, Wine of India) and Richard Barry's songs will be accompanied by a full band.

The Faces At The Window (Photo: Shay Rowan)
The performances take place in the Performance Space at Oldham Library as part of Live@thelibrary, a regular and eclectic series of performances at the venue which has found great success since its inception in 2015.  As with all Live@thelibrary events, the performances begin at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought on the door or booked via the Library's Eventbrite page (booking in advance is advised).  In addition to the £5 full-price tickets given on the poster above, £4 concessionary tickets are also available.