Verity swaps stage to direct season opener for Saddleworth Players

TWELVE months after her directing debut with Saddleworth Players, Verity Mann reprises the role to launch a new season at Millgate Arts Centre in Delph.

Verity Mann

“You don’t have to learn the lines which is a bonus,” laughs Verity, more accustomed to receiving stage directions than giving them.

Indeed, she was a member of the ‘We are Three Sisters’ cast that brought the curtain down on the 2017/18 programme with an hilarious spoof on the Bronte family.

“When I am directing, I think I prefer directing,” she said ahead of the Players’ first offering of 2018/2019 – ‘Out of Sight, Out of Murder’.

“But when I am acting, I prefer acting. However, I love the challenge directing brings because there is more to consider. 

“Out of Sight, Out of Murder’ is great fun though,” adds Verity, also vice chair of Saddleworth Players.

“It’s just hilarious and hopefully he audience will enjoy it as much as we are.”

The synopsis involves an author grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where a previous writer was murdered years before. 

A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic mishap and his characters come to life. 

But he loses control of his characters and there is a murder: the intended victim is him. 

Other murders follow but can he find the killer before the killer gets his author? 

Tickets are on sale online at:

Subscriptions are also available. They cost £40 per person which includes entry to five plays (Christmas play and touring plays not included), regular mailings plus an invitation to an end of season supporters’ party. 

For further details about subscriptions call 01457 871736 or write to Maricar Shepherd, 12 Grains Road, Delph, Saddleworth OL3 5DS.

In keeping with Millgate tradition, theatre goers also have chance to browse a free art exhibition. For ‘Out of Sight, Out of Murder’ works by Gill Brett will be displayed.

• Saddleworth Film Society’s first offering of their new season is ‘The Sense of an Ending’ on September 10 at 8pm.

Based on a novel of the same name by Julian Barnes, the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Harriet Walker.

To see a show you must be a member of the society, or a member’s guest. Membership costs £40, or a guest ticket is £5. Find out more online:

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