A FAST moving comedy from two writers with Private Eye connections is currently running in Dawlish.

A Bunch of Amateurs, written Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and Eye’s writer and cartoonist Nick Newman, is being performed by Dawlish Repertory Company at the  Shaftesbury Theatre until   March 8 11.

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. 

And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. 

As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

Tickets for show, curtain up time is 7.30pm, are bookable from the box office on  01626 863061 or the website https://shaftesbury-dawlish.co.uk