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Author: Thomas Hadfield, Posted: Tuesday, 29th October 2019, 09:00

Martin Stockwell (left) and Tony Partridge during rehearsals Martin Stockwell (left) and Tony Partridge during rehearsals

Hexagon Theatre Company was founded in 1985 by a group friends from Stroud and the surrounding areas, who wanted to produce interesting plays that were both thought-provoking and entertaining.

The name Hexagon came from the fact that there were six of them in the original group, and thirty years and many, many more productions later the company is still going strong.

Carolyn Spice wasn’t one of the original members – she joined the group in 1994 – but is now one of the core members.

“We’re a small company, and people come and go,” she said. “But the regulars are very reliable.

“We all take it in turns to do different roles – acting, directing, behind the scenes – and we usually do two plays a year in the spring and autumn.”

This month the group will be producing ‘A Month of Sundays’, a bittersweet comedy written by Bob Larbey, best known for his TV comedies such as ‘A Fine Romance’ and ‘As Time Goes By’.

“It’s set in a residential home and the main character is an elderly man, who is actually on stage for the entire play,” explained Carolyn, who lives in Stonehouse.

“He is being played by Martin Stockwell, who is one of the original founding members and celebrating his 80th birthday with a part that seems to have been written for him!

“The play is about growing old, and shows Cooper dealing with it by bantering and sparring with his nurse, his friend, cleaners, and his family who visit on Sundays. It’s funny and moving.”

There are, suitably enough, six cast members in the production, including Martin.

Carolyn will be playing the cleaner in the show and says rehearsals have been going well.

She continued: “We held the auditions in May and welcomed three new people – there’s no ‘apprenticeships’ with us, we always choose the best for the job.

“We rehearse twice a week. We actually start in July, then send people away with their lines to learn before they come back September.

“Often people forget but this time everyone came back and knew most of their words! Even Martin who has a huge part, it was a great start.”

‘A Month of Sundays’ will be at the Cotswold Playhouse from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th November.

Carolyn added: “We’ve been performing at the Playhouse for around five years. It’s a lovely space to use.”

For more information on Hexagon Theatre Company visit www.hexagontheatrecompany.co.uk

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