Theatregoers gripped by show

Billingham Players members performing in Haunting Julia
Billingham Players members performing in Haunting Julia

A THEATRE group’s new season got off to a spine-chilling start with a haunting tale.

The Billingham Players performed the gripping Haunting Julia to enthusiastic audiences during a week long run at The Theatre Upstairs.

Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Haunting Julia is about a father’s plight for answers over the death of his daughter Julia when she was just 19.

The young music prodigy was found lying in a pool of blood and for 12 years her father Joe never stopped asking himself what had happened on that fateful night.

Then he started hearing strange sounds and signs begin to haunt the shrine he built to his lost daughter.

Billingham Players’ Claire Jennings said: “The show was very well received with the audience totally gripped and there were even audible gasps and screams at the finale.

“I think it’s fair to say it was an excellent opener for our new season.

“We’re now in rehearsal for our next production, It’s a Wonderful Life, which will play from December 2-7.”

Plaudits from theatregoers included: “Absolutely loved Haunting Julia last night. Very dramatic, very atmospheric, flawless performances, riveting.”

Another satisfied customer said: “Well done ,really enjoyed the show, will be back to see the next.”

Director Andrew Stockdale added the cast had a great time from the very first rehearsal right through to show week.

The stars of the show included Barrie Robinson, Scott Ayling, and director Andrew himself as Joe, Julia’s father.

Rehearsals started at the weekend for the players’ Christmas production, Its a Wonderful Life.