by Bill Forsyth
The Arts Centre, Devizes Road
9, 10, 11 December 1999, 7.30pm
£5 (£3 concessions).
Box Office: 01793 614837
Gregory wants to impress the girls - the trouble is
that he can't play football to save his life. He thinks he's fallen
in love when the team gets a new striker. Can Gregory score for
the first time?
All the humour is retained in this stage adaptation
of the highly acclaimed film by Bill Forsyth.
Pop idol's daughter is one of the show's stars
Top actors in a young cast
Holly Partridge, daughter of Andy Partridge from
top pop band XTC, is one of the stars of Gregory's Girl.
OTTC, The Old Town Theatre Company, is presenting
this poignant comedy from tomorrow at Swindon's Arts Centre, Devizes
Holly, 15, from Kingshill, takes the part of Dorothy.
"She's snotty and self confident. She knows what
she wants to the point of selfishness," said the Commonweal School
Holly attends the Tanwood School of Dance and Drama
and recently starred in Bugsy Malone as Blowsy at Commonweal School.
Gregory is played by Daniel Butt, 15, from central
He said: "The play is very real to teenagers whose
thoughts turn to love."
Daniel is a student at The Estelle School of Dance
and starred in Our Day Out at Churchfields School, where he is
a pupil, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and The Wiz, a modern
version of The Wizard of Oz.
OTTC are always up for a challenge and this year
have created their own web site.
Ashley Heath, the company's vice chairman said:
"By visiting our site, people can find out all about our company
and previous productions - giving an insight into how rehearsals
are progressing seemed so much better than saying what our next
show is and leaving it at that."
The website is: www.swindonweb.com/ottc.
Gregory's Girl is written by Bill Forsyth and has
a cast of 28 youngsters. With such a large cast, Pete Beard, an
IT developer from The Lawns, has had a baptism of fire with his
first directing job. "These youngsters amaze me with their professionalism.
They perform their socks off," he said.
OTTC, sponsored by Burmah Castrol, is presenting
the comedy, the film version in 1981 starred John Gordon Sinclair
and Dee Hepburn, until Saturday.
Flicky Harrison - The Evening Advertiser