Graffham Rustics prove the grass is not always greener on the other side

Celia Lilly at Graffham's Empire Hall
Celia Lilly at Graffham's Empire Hall

WHEN it comes to setting the scene, Graffham Rustics do not usually let the grass grow under their feet. Until now, that is.

For today (May 16) audiences at the Graffham Empire Hall will get their first view of a 40 sq m lawn ‘grown’ especially for the group’s latest production, Entertaining Angels.

It comes complete with 12-foot wisteria, river bank and stream installed by builder and Rustics members Martin West.

Production manager Neil Castle said: “I am delighted to see how well Martin has turned the idea into reality. Given the weather lately, this may be the only chance to enjoy an English garden in the warm.”

The play centres around Grace, played by Celia Lilly, a clergy wife who, following the death of her husband, enjoys the new-found freedom to do and say as she pleases.

It premiered at Chichester with Penelope Keith. The Graffham Rustics’ play is directed by Amanda Carr and cast members include Richard Smith, Lizzie Harling and newcomer to the Rustics, Linette Ackroyd.

It is on from May 16-18 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 from the village shop, The Bay Tree Bakery, Petworth, or telephone 01798 344227.