Actors in real roles of odd job men

The Odd Job Men, Matt Booth and Nick Lane
The Odd Job Men, Matt Booth and Nick Lane

A PAIR of actors are on the hunt for stories from the people of Doncaster – and in return they’ll do your odd jobs for free!

Matt Booth and Nick Lane of the Rich Seam Theatre Company are working with Doncaster-based charity Right Up Our Street to put together their production Odd Job Men.

They are gathering tales from the local community and turning them into a play.

In exchange for a story, the duo will carry out odd jobs such as lawn mowing and car washing for free and give the person telling the story a free t-shirt.

This acts as a ticket to the venue where the finished play will be performed.

Matt Booth, producer, writer and actor at Rich Seam Theatre Company, said: “We’re really excited about our Odd Job Men production and to be working with Right Up Our Street.

“There are some cracking tales to be told from the people of Doncaster and it’s great to be out there meeting real people, using their experiences as inspiration to create a production that will really tell the story of the town and its people.”

Since starting the project, Matt and Nick have already undertaken numerous odd jobs, including loft clearances, trimming hedges, replacing a caravan battery and doing trips to the tip.

Matt added: “We’ll happily do most odd jobs, be it getting through that pile of ironing you’ve been meaning to get to, or even unblocking the toilet – all we want in return is a chat and a story.”

They already have some happy customers. Christine from Thorne said: “Great job, a lovely way to spend an afternoon” and Victor in Bawtry said: “That’s cracking lads, couldn’t be happier.”

The finished production will be performed in venues across Doncaster this October, finishing at CAST.

Andrew Loretto of Right Up Our Street, said: “The Odd Job Men is a great concept that really brings together the diverse stories our community has to tell, and takes them to the stage.

“Matt and Nick have such passion for creating theatre that appeals to everyone, we can’t wait to see the finished play in October.”

For more information about the Odd Job Men production and for details on how to tell your story, visit Right Up Your Street or call Gemma on 07547 774289.