Don’t miss True award-winning comedy

Emma Rydal performing in her play True.
Emma Rydal performing in her play True.
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By Jack Bond

AN award winning new play is coming to Lancaster next week as Cumbrian actress Emma Rydal brings her first writing venture, True, to the Gregson Centre.

The comedy will be in town for two nights on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 and stars Rydal alongside Lancaster actress Roberta Kerr.

Set between 1986 and the present day, True chronicles the relationship between a mother and daughter through a series of monologues.

Mother-of-two, Rydal, says that her inspiration for the play came from reading old diaries she had written as a teenager.

“I would scorn my whole family through my teenage angst and then when I became a mother myself I realised what a hard job it is.”

Last year True won two awards, including the Audience Award for Best Play at the Manchester 24:7 Festival, and is nominated for the “Best of the Fringe” Manchester Theatre Award 2011.

“I think people like the honesty in the writing as the play is semi-autobiographical”, says Rydal, who has just finished filming for Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

After completing a mini tour that includes dates in the writer’s home town of Cockermouth as well as Manchester’s Lass O’Gowrie, True will travel to this year’s Edinburgh Festival in August.

Rydal hopes to arrange a longer, fully funded tour in the near future and plans are also in place to make a feature length film following the success of One Last Walk, a short film adapted from the final scene of the play.

Tickets cost £9 (£8 concessions) and can be purchased from the Gregson Centre. Tel: 01524 849959. Doors open at 7.30pm on both nights and the performances will start at 8pm.

The comedy will be in town for two nights on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 and stars Rydal alongside Lancaster actress Roberta Kerr.

Set between 1986 and the present day, True chronicles the relationship between a mother and daughter through a series of monologues.

Mother-of-two, Rydal, says that her inspiration for the play came from reading old diaries she had written as a teenager.

“I would scorn my whole family through my teenage angst and then when I became a mother myself I realised what a hard job it is.”

Last year True won two awards, including the Audience Award for Best Play at the Manchester 24:7 Festival, and is nominated for the “Best of the Fringe” Manchester Theatre Award 2011.

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.