Theatre Royal Wakefield’s own young star lands first professional role with The John Godber Company

Regular Theatre Royal Wakefield young performer Lottie Parker has been cast in John Godber’s up-coming performance of Seasons In The Sun.

Lottie, who joined Theatre Royal Wakefield’s young people’s theatre makers group, In On The Act in 2017, will be taking on a role in Godber’s restaged ‘fish out of water’ comedy. Based in the Wakefield district during 1974, with scenes set in Upton, South Elmsall and South Kirkby, it tells the tale of two relief dustbin men, women, waste and walking the streets. Lottie studied performing arts at Wakefield College and is now a recent graduate from Bolton University. Parker has been involved in numerous productions from The Wakefield Mysteries, staged by Theatre Royal Wakefield at Wakefield Cathedral in 2016, to Dick Turpin’s Last Ride performed at The Mechanics’ Theatre and Kes recently staged by In On The Act at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

She will be joined on stage by The John Godber Company regular Adrian Hood, star of The National Theatre, The Globe, Preston Front, Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare Company and Dave MacCreedy who appeared in Preston Front, The Full Monty Tour and Up ‘n’ Under (film).

Lottie said: ‘I’m really excited to be joining the cast of Seasons In The Sun and to be working in The John Godber Company! His plays were some of the first I ever learnt about, I never expected to working with him. The cherry on top is that I get to perform at Theatre Royal Wakefield again, one of my favourite places.’

A number of In On The Act performers have now moved on to take professional roles around the country, including voice over work and Theatre in Education experiences. Rhiannon Hannon, Head of Learning and Participation at Theatre Royal Wakefield said: ‘We’re really proud that Lottie has been cast in her first professional role in Seasons In The Sun. We love watching the progress of past participants, whether they use their drama skills for a career in the performing arts or to enhance their lives in other ways, we are always delighted to see the positive impact taking part in drama activities and performances can have.’

Seasons In The Sun recently played at East Riding Theatre in Beverley in May, but John has recast for the run at Theatre Royal Wakefield in September. Writer and director John Godber said: ‘Discovering local talent is something I feel very passionate about and it’s very rewarding to have Lottie join us for this leg of Seasons In The Sun. The story itself is based in West Yorkshire and it was important for me to retain that northern grit by casting the epitome of that, which can be seen in Lottie.’

Seasons In The Sun opens at Theatre Royal Wakefield Thursday 13 to Saturday 22 September. Tickets are on available now on 01924 211 311 or from www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk.

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