London stage show comes to Sibford

Frankland and SonsA new stage show that premiered in London to critical acclaim is heading to the provinces … with the village of Sibford Ferris near Banbury being one of its first ports of call.

Frankland + Sons enjoyed a 14 date run in January at the Camden People’s Theatre. The Guardian described it as ‘delicate and charming… a performance that reminds us that all families are fascinating’ while The Times declared ‘A fragile, endearing family drama… a peculiarly affecting production.’

And on July 4, theatre-goers in Oxfordshire will have the chance to see the show for themselves when it is performed as part of the annual Sibford Festival of Theatre which takes place at Sibford School.

Festival organiser Ali Bromhall said: “We’re very excited to be hosting Frankland + Sons as part of this year’s Festival. To attract theatre of this calibre to the event is fantastic and is an indication of how the Festival has grown over the years.”

Frankland & Sons has been created by double Fringe First award winner Tom Frankland. When Tom’s aunt died in 2006, he and his father inherited several suitcases containing letters written by his grandparents across 25 years.

The letters reveal the astonishing life and love of a couple living through two world wars and a recession and have resulted in a show that tells a tale of love won, love lost and, like all the best true stories, has a totally sensational plot twist near the end which will have audiences gasping with amazement.

Tickets to the show cost just £8 (£6 concessions) and are available from the school on 01295 781203 or from Skiddle.com

Also taking part in the Sibford Festival of Theatre will be the Rain or Shine Theatre Company who will be performing their outdoor production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the school’s Holly House garden on Wednesday 27 June.

Said Ali Bromhall: “Given the recent wet weather we’re sure that we’ll be able to look forward to shine rather than rain on 27 June … but, just in case, we’ve got the theatre lined up should we need to move inside!”

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