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More performances of Standing in Line are planned for autumn 2018. Read on for details…


New Dates for Standing in Line

A story of the Great War told in songs, readings and images 
by Lester Simpson, Nigel Corbett and Mike Bettison.

A moving and poignant production about the effects of war will be touring the north again this autumn.

Standing in Line was originally written by Lester Simpson to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Simpson’s  great uncle Albert Scrimshaw died at Passendale leaving behind a widow Annie, who lived in Derbyshire until her death in the 1970’s.

By the end of the Great War there were few in the country who remained unaffected by the troubles. Children grew up in the shadow of battle, their fathers either absent or lost. Mothers and wives were left wondering about the young men who never made it back from the trenches and those who did return were forever marred by the experience.

Lester Simpson uses a clever mix of music and poetry to reveal his great uncle’s story.

Here is what a promoter with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts said about the performance;

Standing in Line exceeded my expectations by quite a distance.  It was a beautifully produced and moving production.  The narration, music and singing were all first class and the staging of the production worked really well with the high quality images on the back projected screen and well balanced sound.  The three guys received a long standing ovation at the end of the performance with two thirds of the audience on their feet.  Lester, Nigel and Mike were a pleasure to have around and we would definitely have them back if they come up with another show.

If you are interested in booking this project please contact us. So far the following dates have been agreed for 2018. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday 10th October, Goosfest 18, Goostrey Village Hall, CW4 8PE, Cheshire. Time 7.30pm


Friday 12th October. Harley Village Hall, Shropshire, SY56LP. 8pm. 01952-510422


Saturday 13th October Kingsland Coronation Hall. Herefordshire  HR6 9SQ. 7.30pm. 01568-708171


Friday 2nd November, St Michael’s Church Hall, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3DX. 6.30pm. 07590-453378


Sunday 4th November, Wirksworth, Derbyshire – Town Hall, DE4 4EU 4pm. tele 01629 824393


Friday 23rd November, Clitheroe Library, BB72DG,  7pm, email –


Saturday 24th November, Mellor Brook Community Centre, Blackburn, BB27PR, 8pm, 07908 518938


Sunday 25th November, Longton Victory Memorial Hall, Preston, PR4 5DL, 7.30pm, tele 07711 290975




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