RSVP for Preston Tringe

Published: 12 August 2012
Reporter: David Upton


A brand-new black comedy is one of the many attractions at this year’s Preston Tringe, the annual festival of fringe theatre performed in venues around the city centre.

It’s a funny but unnerving tale of one man’s journey from sensible Health & Safety Officer to brave and brutal Hit Man.

June Taylor’s black comedy RSVP sees Leeds-based Twisted Avenue Theatre Company make the trek across the Pennines to perform this new play starring actors from Yorkshire and the North-West and directed by UCLan graduate Katie Thornton.

Anthony, an ordinary Health & Safety Officer, sets out to prove his love for Gabby by embarking on a journey to the edge of his personality, contemplating the ridiculous notion of committing murder. It promises laugh-out-loud comedy with dark undertones around his mental torment.

Twisted Avenue aims to create “unrealism”, recounting the fables of strange and offbeat characters, in a bid to capture the imaginations of modern audiences and allow them to escape into an eccentric portrayal of the world.

Katie Turner directed Leonard Morley’s The Harpy and the Slob at the first Preston Tringe in 2009. Her other productions in Preston for UCLan Drama Society include The Real Inspector Hound (2003), Abigail’s Party (2004) and Romeo and Juliet (2005). Although now living in Leeds she’s thrilled to be directing at Preston Tringe again: “I love how accessible this festival is. It really is open to anyone and a great way for new companies to showcase their work without breaking the bank. I lived in Preston for six years, the theatre community is really supportive and the Tringe is just another way for it to thrive.”

RSVP is at the Adelphi from August 31 to September 2.

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