Playwright attends opening night at Malvern

Published: 24 September 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Peter Terson (centre) with Moa Myerson and Toby Burchell

Playwright Peter Terson met the cast of his play Mooney and His Caravans, Malvern Theatres’ inaugural show after the lockdown, at the production’s opening night.

Terson, who used to live and work as a teacher in Worcestershire, was delighted to meet Moa Myerson and Toby Burchell, both members of Malvern Theatres’ young company.

Theatre chief executive and play director Nic Lloyd said, “this was an exceptional and exciting opportunity for our cast to meet the author of the play they’re appearing in.

“To be able to speak to the playwright and understand more about the play is a real rarity for many young actors and we were delighted to be able to welcome Peter to the theatre.

“To say it’s been a difficult six months is an understatement. The future of Malvern Theatres is still uncertain as this crisis continues, but we were adamant that we would deliver live theatre for our audiences as soon as circumstances allowed. We’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s support and our public fundraising campaign has now reached £180,000.”

Burchell added, “this crisis brought theatre to a complete standstill and, like so many actors, I feared my career had ended before it even started. I feel lucky to have this opportunity to perform now, and to get to meet the playwright was incredible.”