Innovative drama for Lancaster's Dukes

Published: 4 July 2013
Reporter: David Upton

Diamonds Aren't Forever at The Dukes

An example of innovative drama featuring music, comedy and digital media will be performed at The Dukes in Lancaster later this month.

Diamonds Aren’t Forever is the annual showcase for the talents of Lancaster’s Shattering Images Theatre Company which features young adults with learning disabilities.

On July 17 and 19, they will be performing a heist story with a difference which they’ve devised themselves following their success with Bill, Ted & Dave’s Excellent Adventure last year.

Director Jilly Sumsion set the ball rolling when she took a diamond into one of Shattering Images weekly sessions and posed the question: if this was worth £1 million what would you spend it on?

The show has particular relevance to the lives of many members of Shattering Images who have found themselves at the sharp end of funding cuts during the recession.

As the story unfolds on stage, there’s a courtroom drama when the audience will be asked to take on the role of a jury and decide the verdict.

Diamonds Aren’t Forever will be performed in The Round at The Dukes by a cast of 20 people aged 16-40.