Triple bill at Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre has a triple bill of comedy coming up on 10th and 11th May, including two festival award-winning one-act plays and an operatic skit. The performances start at 8pm.

English for Pony Lovers, from the radio series Double Acts by John Finnemore, was the am-dram company’s entry to the Totton Festival of Drama last year, winning the runner-up trophy.
Rachel Fletcher was named Best Actress for her role as a German teacher keen to improve her English. But Lorna might not be quite the language tutor she’s cracked up to be….

This inventive and very funny play will share the stage with Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in which the ladies of the Female Department invite the audience into their office to show how Lady Molly solved her first murder case – the infamous Ninescore Mystery.

This adaptation by Studio member Lesley Bates, from the original story by Baroness Orczy of Scarlet Pimpernel fame, is also an award-winner. It was placed third within two marks of the winner at this year’s Totton Festival in March and picked up the Best Supporting Player trophy for Jill Cowling and the Technical Achievement award.

Both plays are also entering the One Act Play Festival at The Woolstore Theatre in Codford, in the first week of May, 2nd rtf 4th.

Sandwiched between them at the Studio Theatre in Ashley Road will be the operatic skit Violetta – La Traviata Goes Wrong might be the best description.

Tickets are available from Salisbury Information Centre (01722 342860) or online at

Photograph of Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Anthony von Roretz at Trinity Photography; photograph of English for Pony Lovers courtesy of Totton Drama Festival.

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