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We never make a drama out of a crisis here at CEJ – but we still like a spot of amateur dramatics now and again.
That’s especially true of our esteemed business development manager Ben who is also known to rock a hi-vis jacket as part of amateur dramatic society the Hillbark Players.
Every two years, the Players take over a corner of Royden Park in Frankby to stage an open-air production of one of Shakespeare’s classics. This year it’s Hamlet, and Ben is part of the stage crew responsible for turning the small area of woodland into a pop-up theatre.
Tasks this year included freeing up an 11.5 ton wagon that had sunk into the newly turfed lawn, adding hardcore to an area of the site so that the toilets would not sink into the boggy ground, (which included using a mini-digger for the day) and trying to help with the seven-day set build.
Ben said: “Things are a little more relaxed during show week!
“My main responsibility was to drive a golf buggy to help people up to the site from the car park and be on hand to help make sure the cast are where they need to be.”
So far, the Players’ take on Hamlet has been well received by audience and reviewers alike, and there are still tickets available for the three remaining performances – tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinée at 2pm. Tickets are available from the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, with more information about the play available at www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk.