New production channels Downton Abbey

David W. Owens, Simon Cabello and Amie Gilholme.
David W. Owens, Simon Cabello and Amie Gilholme.

A young couple in love with parents who don’t approve – it’s the classic tale.

That familiar trope is coming to Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre this June.

However, Wingz Productions director David Owens said Same Time Next Year has a few surprises up its sleeve.

“It doesn’t play out how you expect it to,” he said.

“It is certainly unexpected – there’s a great twist.

“It keeps you in your seat until the very end.”

The new play centres on a butler’s son and a lord’s daughter who are passionately in love during the outbreak of WWII.

The lord is dead against his daughter marrying the butler’s son and arranges another marriage he believes is better-suited.

Owens said the play had something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

“It’s a love story, but it’s also funny and dramatic and full of action,” he said.

“The story is hard to classify in any one genre.

“It’s very much like Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey.”

Same Time Next Year is an original production written by Leumeah-based playwright Hamish McGrath.

Owens said it was rare for local theatre companies to produce original stories.

“It doesn’t happen very often,” he said.

“Usually you get the same 15 shows playing across at all the various companies.

“So this is something you’ve never seen before and you won’t see again.

“It’s a strictly limited season of five shows.”

About 20 people have worked in the cast an crew to bring Same Time Next Year to life, the majority of which hail from Macarthur.

Owens plays the lord, someone he said is purely hateful.

“Most characters you play have at least one redeeming feature,” he said.

“But the lord is just not nice at all – he’s really unlikeable.

“It’s a lot of fun to play that.”

Owens encouraged all Macarthur residents to head to the theatre and give Same Time Next Year a go.

“It’s a really great night of entertainment,” he said.

“If people want to see a good play, great acting, great writing – I can’t recommend it enough.

“They will not be disappointed.”

Same Time Next Year plays at Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre from Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 9.

Tickets are $25 adult and $20 concession. 

Details: trybooking.com/vppo, 4627 1550.

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