Pressure
by David Haig
26th - 30th July 2021
~ Directed by Jan Palmer Sayer ~

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Monday July 26th - Friday July 30th 7.45pm - LIVE ON STAGE!
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th 7.45pm - Live Streamed on Zoom

"I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.  We will accept nothing less than full Victory!  Good Luck!"  Dwight Eisenhower

An intense real-life thriller centred around the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare.

June, 1944. One man’s decision is about to change the course of history.  Everything is in place for the biggest invasion ever known in Europe - D-Day.  One last crucial question remains: will the weather be right on the day?  Problematically there are two opposing forecasts.  American celebrity weatherman Colonel Krick predicts sunshine, while Scot Dr James Stagg, Chief Meteorological Officer for the Allied Forces, forecasts a storm.  As the world watches and waits, General Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, must decide which of these bitter antagonists to trust.  The decision will not only seal the fates of thousands of men, but could win or lose the entire war.  An extraordinary and little-known true story, David Haig's play thrillingly explores the responsibilities of leadership, the challenges of prophecy and the personal toll of taking a stand.

It really is a terrific play, and some of you will recall that we presented this, at the height of the lockdown, as a Zoom production.  Now that we are looking (finally!) at the light at the end of the tunnel, we are presenting this fine piece on CoPs stage later this month, but also with the option of watching from home via live stream on two of the evenings.  Ian Houghton has been replaced by the fabulous Jim Markey and we have modified the theatre’s seating to take account of social distancing, so the usual maximum capacity of 60 is considerably reduced.  Our Front of House Staff volunteers will guide you through the evening, but we are so looking forward to welcoming you back as our live audience.  Please come along and support us!

Tickets are now available online at Ticketsource and for those of you who supported our earlier Zoom show, there will be a discount to apply, so keen are we to have you back at the theatre.  You will shortly receive a discount code by email and you simply apply the code as you purchase your tickets.

Cast
Jim MarkeyGroup Captain Dr James Stagg
Hannah LeonardKay Summersby
Amy VinceFlight-Lieutenant Amy Carter
Paul MortonCommander Franklin
Hazel HallidayLieutenant Davina Battersby
Paul MortonNaval Meteorologist
Paul RussellElectrician
Christopher WallaceAir Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Chris JanesGeneral D “Ike” Eisenhower
Des TurnerColonel Irving P Krick
Paul MortonGeneral “Tooey” Spaatz
Hazel HallidayCaptain Johns
Paul RussellAdmiral Bertram “Bertie “ Ramsay
Crew
Derek PalmerStage Manager
Ken AllfordLighting/images
Loretta FreemanWardrobe
Brenda OnyonProps & ASM
Andy LeeSound
Theo BerkhoutSound
Gavin PalmerMusic
Laura IllincaImages
Richard MartinImages