A well known figure in the Chester Theatre scene who normally spends his days assisting in the smooth running of University campuses will see the characters in his own play come to life on the Chester stage later this month.
Mark Newman, Operations Manager at Chester University, will see his debut play, ‘Useless Beauty’, performed as part of Chester Theatre Club’s 2016 season at The Little Theatre.
Consisting of a four-strong cast, the play is described by Mark as a darkly comic drama of bad manners and good wine.
It tells the story of an evening’s events when a married couple invite two friends around for dinner.
As the wine flows, the evening takes a series of unexpected turns as long buried painful truths and past events come to the surface.
Following a long spell of acting and directing for the stage, Mark decided to turn his hand to writing his own play 3 years ago after being inspired by the work of colleagues and friends from the world of theatre.
A Drama and English graduate from the University of Chester, Mark – a former Deputy Front of House Manager at The Chester Gateway Theatre – has been a popular figure in the Chester theatre scene for more than 15 years. Mark has acted and directed extensively with Tip Top Productions.
Most recently he appeared in and directed Habeas Corpus for Chester Theatre Club and directed their recent production of Peter Nichols’ “Passion Play”. For Tip Top, Mark is perhaps best known for his role in their highly acclaimed revival of ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber in which he was joined by other members of Tip Top’s original cast of 12 years before to re-create their respective roles.
Mark said: “I’d written a few novels over the years, although they’ve never been published, so putting pen to paper is something I’ve always done – but never for the stage until I wrote ‘Useless Beauty’. You can never be too sure how good a play is until it’s been performed in public for the first time but the feedback from its premiere at The Forum Studio Theatre two years ago was very good and so I’m delighted that it is being given another outing in a new venue with a completely new cast.”
Useless Beauty runs at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester, in The Salisbury Studio from Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th April 2016
Chester Little Theatre
Thursday 14th April to Saturday 16th April 2016
Tickets are £7/£6(concs).
Full details and online booking or via TicketSource on 0333 666 3366 (booking fees apply)