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Gregory's Girl

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 Road.

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 pupil.

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 Swindon.

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:

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

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