VIDEO: Dark Horse embraces eighties fever

A family comedy about singing up and standing out, featuring Down’s Syndrome actor Joe Sproulle, alongside a new cast featuring Lisa Howard (Northern Broadsides, Red Ladder), Heather Dutton and Richard Maxted, comes to Doncaster’s £22m Cast venue this week as part of a tour.

Written and directed by artistic director Vanessa Brooks, the show tells the story of Spencer and Kit Parkin, who have grown up surrounded by the legendary success of granddad Gerry, a session singer with BBC Radio 2’s Cliff Adams Singers.

National touring theatre company Dark Horse gets on board with eighties-mania with a new, updated version of the company's show, Sing Something Simple, starring Downs Syndrome actor Joe Sproulle, Lisa Howard, Heather Dutton and Richard Maxted.

National touring theatre company Dark Horse gets on board with eighties-mania with a new, updated version of the company's show, Sing Something Simple, starring Downs Syndrome actor Joe Sproulle, Lisa Howard, Heather Dutton and Richard Maxted.

Spencer’s mum belts out 80’s power ballads, his best friend Bonnie is a karaoke queen and his brother Kit is heading for pop stardom. Spencer, the first Parkin in the history of Parkins unable to sing a note, is not. But he’s not going to let that stop him.

When Kit jacks it all in and joins the army and Spencer is left looking after their distraught mother, he decides to make things better the only way he knows how, by entering a singing competition! Before he knows it, he’s standing at the Royal Albert Hall, clinging onto the inspiration of his late granddad Gerry Parkin, backing singer extraordinaire. This could be Spencer’s time to shine – couldn’t it?

Vanessa Brooks is an established playwright whose work has been produced all over the country and the world. This is Vanessa’s first comedy for many years- her early work was all comedy and she became Ayckbourns first dramatist in residence on the strength of this ability; she also wrote sketch and sit com comedy for TV early in her career.

Performances take place on Wednesday March 12 to Friday March 14 at 7.45pm and on Thursday March 13 at 1.30pm. Contact the box office on 01302 303959.

Tickets are £12.50/£10.50 concessions.

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